PANAMA CITY, Fla. – One of the two teens injured in a Panama City Beach parasailing crash is heading home to Indiana to continue rehabilitation.
The News Herald of Panama City reports Alexis Fairchild left the hospital Thursday morning and will continue treatment at a hospital in Indianapolis.
Fairchild and Sidney Good were injured July 1 when the line from their parasail snapped. The 17-year-olds slammed into the side of a condominium and hit a power line before striking several parked cars. The teens both went limp after hitting the side of the condo, and only one was conscious when rescuers arrived, The News Herald reported.
The two teens suffered head trauma and severe lacerations. Fairchild has severe back injuries and Good sustained neck trauma, according to an earlier statement from the girls' families.
According to an update from the girls' families, Good will require reconstructive surgery to repair broken facial bones. She had hoped to get out of bed this week, but doctors decided it was too soon for her to start moving around. No date has been set for Good's surgery.
"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the injured girls and we all pray for their speedy recovery," wrote Jeff Jones, owner of Aquatic Adventures. "While we adhere to best practices to minimize the risks associated with watersport activities, sudden weather conditions can and do occur."
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission said the investigation is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.