Reliving A Nightmare: Family Members Of Parasail Victims Speak Out

By Jeff Neumeyer

July 5, 2013 Updated Jul 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Florida (www.incnow.tv) --- Reliving details of an accident that would drive many parents to the brink of insanity.

Thursday produced the first public statements from the families of Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good, following the parasailing mishap in Florida that nearly killed both of them.

It has been especially tough on Eric and Amy Good.

Their daughter was the more gravely injured, plus they were the ones on vacation with the Huntington County Indiana girls, when on July first, an unimaginable horror scene unfolded.

The video of the parasail tragedy that is so gripping, so disturbing, shows the runaway parasail lurching into a condo building, before it plummeted to the ground.

Minutes before, the girls were being tossed about by strong gusts from an approaching storm.

Sidney Good's 13-year old brother was in the boat, when the ride operator threw out an anchor to try and stabilize the situation.

" That's when the cable had snapped, and I'd seen them going away. I was just in complete shock during all that," said Collin Good.

Eric and Amy Good were back on shore, at first unaware that their daughter and friend had been swept away.

Once notified, Eric Good was escorted to the parking lot where the parasail crash-landed.

That's where he met Panama City EMTs.

" They asked me if I was prepared, are you ready for this, and I said, yes. That's when I first saw Sidney. They wheeled her by me into the ambulance. It was, it was bad," Good said.

Both girls went through brain surgeries.

Sidney is facing surgery to deal with a broken neck.

On Fourth of July, one day after back surgery, Alexis, with the help of a walker, wowed hospital staff and family.

" She was able to start walking and as soon as she seen Sid, she was in her room, wanted to hold her hand. Then went around, got back in her wheelchair then, and wanted to go back and sit with her a little bit. Without the prayers, none of these kids would be doing as good as what they've been doing," said Michael Fairchild, Alexis Fairchild’s father.

" All the people that have prayed, showed their concern, complete strangers, all across the world, we wanted to share the progress, it's unbelievable," said Amy Good, Sidney’s mother.

For those who want to donate money to the girls and their families, you can visit any PNC bank branch, or go to pnc.com, to make a contribution.

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