Horror details of parasailing death plunge into bridge that killed mom and injured 2 kids when boat captain cut line | The Sun
CHILLING details have emerged about a mother killed parasailing into a bridge with her child and nephew.
The boat captain has been charged with manslaughter and held on $100,000 for cutting the parasailing cord, the sheriff's office says.
Daniel Gavin Couch, 49, was booked into a Florida jail Thursday on one count of manslaughter for the death of 33-year-old Supraja Alaparthi according to CBS Miami News.
Couch took the vacationing Illinois woman, her son Sriakshith Alaparthi, 10, and her nephew Vishant Sadda, 9, out on the boat during a particularly windy Labor Day weekend in Marathon, Florida.
Shortly after getting into the air, the extreme weather reportedly threatened to overtake control of the parasail from the boat.
This allegedly prompted Couch to cut the chord that attached the family to the boat, causing the woman and two children to be violently dragged across the water until they slammed into the Old Seven Mile Bridge, killing Supraja instantly.
The two children were injured.
A terrifying video was taken by witnesses of the terror moment.
Supraja's grieving family has filed a lawsuit in the wake of the crash.
According to the family's attorney, 11 family members were on the boat during the tragedy, and saw Couch cut the chord, CBS wrote.
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The prosecution claims that "all the family members were yelling to the captain hook them, use a rescue device jump in the water… Do something to save our family," according to the outlet.
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"They saw them screaming saw them yelling for help as the wind gusted in and took them away from the boat."
Prosecutors are also persuing wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits against Lighthouse Parasail, the parasailing company involved in the incident.
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