Vacation Disasters: Parasailing Turned Deadly

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Jun 2. A parasailing cable tethering a mother and two children to a boat was intentionally cut by the vessel’s captain on Memorial Day, plunging them into the water and dragging them across the surface before they hit a Florida Keys bridge, according to police investigating the case.

The 33-year-old woman from Schaumburg, Illinois, Supraja Alaparthi, was dead by the time a “good Samaritan” boat captain delivered her and the children to a restaurant in the Middle Keys city of Marathon, which police, Coast Guard crews and paramedics were using as a staging area for Monday’s tragedy.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s initial incident report released Tuesday night, the captain, Daniel Couch, 49, cut the line tethered to the harness because the parasail “pegged” in a high gust of wind. That means the sail was so full of air that it risked dragging the boat.

One law enforcement source said Couch likely cut the line hoping to catch Alaparthi and the two children on the way down.

Source: Pennlive

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