Parasailing accident victim speaks out for first time

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Parasailing Accident Victim Speaks On Camera For First Time

One of the teenage victims of a 2013 parasailing accident, Sidney Good, is speaking out on camera for the first time to ABC.

"Sidney, what makes you cry?"
"I remember dying, and these people saved me." ​

Good and ABC went back to the hospital where her life was saved.

In July 2013, Good and her friend Alexis Fairchild were parasailing when their line broke. High winds sent the Indiana teens flying into a condominium building, where people desperately tried to grab them, but failed, before the two crashed on a parked SUV.
Parasailing accident victim speaks out for first time
Teenage girls caught on camera being blown away by the wind after their parasail line broke.
The car the girls fell onto after their parasail line broke and swept them away in the wind.
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 1978 file photo, 17-year-old Danny Matthews of Irving, Texas is suspended about 60 feet in the air with his parasail caught in a power line. Danny was parasailing, pulled by a truck, when a strong crosswind forced him into the electrical cables. (AP Photo/Mark Graham, File)
In this Sept. 24,2012 photo, two people parasail over the Miami Beach, Fla. area. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding in a parasail is at once exhilarating and oddly peaceful, even quiet. For millions of people, that's the takeaway from a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But every year there are accidents, some of them fatal. The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths from the activity nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years. Despite the inherent risk, few federal or state safety regulations exist for parasailing. In Florida, which has by far the largest number of parasail operators at about 120, repeated efforts to enact new rules following fatal accidents have landed with a thud. Florida is seen by safety proponents as a national bellwether because of parasailing's popularity in the state. (AP Photo/Tony Winton)
In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, two people parasail over Miami Beach, Fla. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding in a parasail is at once exhilarating and oddly peaceful, even quiet. For millions of people, that's the takeaway from a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But every year there are accidents, some of them fatal. The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths from the activity nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years. Despite the inherent risk, few federal or state safety regulations exist for parasailing. In Florida, which has by far the largest number of parasail operators at about 120, repeated efforts to enact new rules following fatal accidents have landed with a thud. Florida is seen by safety proponents as a national bellwether because of parasailing's popularity in the state. (AP Photo/Tony Winton)
In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, two people parasail over the Miami Beach,Fla. area. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding in a parasail is at once exhilarating and oddly peaceful, even quiet. For millions of people, that's the takeaway from a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But every year there are accidents, some of them fatal. The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths from the activity nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years. Despite the inherent risk, few federal or state safety regulations exist for parasailing. In Florida, which has by far the largest number of parasail operators at about 120, repeated efforts to enact new rules following fatal accidents have landed with a thud. Florida is seen by safety proponents as a national bellwether because of parasailing's popularity in the state. (AP Photo/Tony Winton)
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ABC reports that doctors first thought Good and Fairchild wouldn't survive. Good said "on about the second day my body was preparing itself to die."

WJHG says both teens suffered back and brain injuries. Fairchild spoke to NBC six months after the incident.

"So are you in pain right now?"
"Yeah. My head twitches every now and then, but my head, I mean my back, that's the big issue."

At the time of the interview, Fairchild was reading at a fourth-grade level and having issues with memory and math.

But remarkably, Good and Fairchild walked at their high school graduation just weeks ago according to WPTV.

Many are cheering for the girls' recovery, but now attention turns to the parasailing industry, which is largely unregulated.

WFOR reports that the National Transportation Safety Board cites at least eight parasailing deaths in the past four years, caused by safety issues such as parasailing despite hazardous wind conditions, using faulty equipment and inadequate strength in the rope tied to the parasailers.

Their recommendation to the Coast Guard is the implementation of a special parasailing operators' license so accidents, like the one involving Good and Fairchild, never happen again.
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