An Illinois mom was killed and two children seriously injured while parasailing, after a storm blew in, affecting the stability of the boat towing the family.
A preliminary incident report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says boat captain Daniel Couch,49, cut the towing cable when the parasail “pegged” in a high gust of wind, threatening to drag his boat. This resulted in the parasail and the individuals being drug “through and across the surface of the water” and slammed into an abandoned Florida Keys bridge.
Supraja Alaparthi, 33, was dead before another boat captain untangled her and the children from the parasail cables and rushed them to a Marathon restaurant where crews had set up a staging area.
Joining Nancy Grace Today:
- Mark McCulloh - Parasailing Safety Expert, Chairman, Parasail Safety Council (Florida)
- Michael A. Winkleman - Maritime Attorney (Miami, FL), Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, Expert on Maritime and Cruise Ship Law, Lipcon.com, Twitter: @cruiseshiplaw
- Dr. Angela Arnold - Psychiatrist, Atlanta GA, AngelaArnoldMD.com, Expert in the Treatment of Pregnant/Postpartum Women, Former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology: Emory University, Former Medical Director of The Psychiatric Ob-Gyn Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital
- Robert Crispin - Private Investigator, “Crispin Special Investigations” CrispinInvestigations.com
- Dr. Tim Gallagher - Medical Examiner State of Florida PathcareMed.com, Lecturer: University of Florida Medical School Forensic Medicine, Founder/Host: International Forensic Medicine Death Investigation Conference
- Tim O'Hara - Reporter, The Key West Citizen, KeysNews.com