U.S. Coast Guard launches investigation as families set up benefit fund

Sidney & Alexis Show Improvements (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz
By Emma Koch

July 4, 2013 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (www.incnow.tv) - The families of Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good say the teenage girls are showing improvements following a horrific parasailing crash Monday.

"Alexis was able to walk today with a walker and the assistance of a physical therapist," the Good and Fairchild families said in a statement released by Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla. "She walked into Sidney's room to visit."

The Goods and Fairchilds also held a press conference Thursday afternoon to share how they heard about the accident and how their families are coping with this tragedy.

"We've just been overwhelmed today," Mike Fairchild, Alexis' father says. "We've got some great news for all the stuff that she's been through."

Eric Good, Sidney's father, says both girls had severe head trauma and underwent brain cermony. Sidney had additional swelling and a blood clot that was later successfully alleviated.

Sidney remains in critical condition, but is responding through movements, the families said.

"Sidney was able to raise her hand, and it was a great moment," Mike Fairchild, Alexis' father, says.

The families have set up a Good and Fairchild Benefit Fund through PNC Bank. Those interested in donating can do so at branches in Panama City Beach, Fla.; Lynn Haven, Fla.; and throughout Indiana.

The family thanks everyone for their support and kindness.

"We are amazed at what the power of prayer is doing to help our families through this."

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday it will investigate the parasail accident. The Coast Guard's Mobile, Ala., division and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will share information to identify the cause of the accident and institute policies to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. (U.S. Coast Guard's entire announcement)

Full Statement From Good & Fairchild Families
"Our daughters, Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, are still at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida recovering from a parasailing accident on July 1 however we have seen more progress from yesterday. Alexis was able to walk today with a walker and the assistance of a physical therapist and she walked into Sidney's room to visit. Sidney is still in critical condition, but we are seeing small signs of progress. She is able to open one of her eyes and communicate to us with nods and gestures. We truly can't say enough about the outpouring of kindness and concern we've received from so many.

"For those who have so generously offered to help, we have set up a benefit fund with PNC Bank called the Good & Fairchild Benefit Fund. There are locations here in Panama City Beach and in nearby Lynn Haven as well as multiple locations at home in Indiana. To find a location near you, please visit www.pnc.com.

"We are amazed at what the power of prayer is doing to help our families through this. Thanks to all who are out there thinking of and praying for us."

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