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2 teens in critical condition after parasailing accident in Panama City, Florida

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    July 1: Onlookers gather at the scene of a parasail accident in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Heather Leiphart/The News Herald)

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    July 1: A parasail is seen in the parking lot of a Panama City Beach condominium. (Heather Leiphart/The News Herald)

Two teenagers from Indiana are in critical condition Tuesday after their parasail crashed in a Panama City Beach parking lot.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office reports that a parasail had been attached to a boat Monday afternoon when the line broke. One victim dropped into the Gulf of Mexico and was rescued. The News Herald reports that two other people continued on until the parasail crashed into a nearby parking lot.

The accident on the parasail was called gruesome by one witness on vacation from Georgia. The teens smashed into a building, carried to a power line and crashed into several cars inside to parking lot, the report said. The teens both went limp after hitting the side of the condo and only one was conscious when rescuers arrived, the report said.

The paper identified the victims as Sidney Renea Good and Alexis Fairchild, both 17 and from Roanoke, Ind. Officials say they were transported to a local hospital.

Winds from a storm reportedly kept the parasail aloft and out of the grasps of the vessel attempting to recover them, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement.

“We knew they were going to hit, but there was nothing we could do about it,” Amy Barron, of Alabama, told the paper. 

Aquatic Adventures, the company that owned the boat, told the paper it would have no comment.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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