Parasailing accident victim speaks out 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.
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.