Sidney Good heard the parasail cable snap.
“I mean, it was really bad, like the feeling of the wind,” she said. “And then we broke away.”
In video that went viral last July, dozens on the Florida beach watched Good and her friend Alexis Fairchild, both 17 at the time, float upwards and slam into a condominium building.
Good remembers feeling peoples’ arms trying to reach her, but the people on their balconies couldn’t grab the girls.
The Indiana natives careened into power lines before landing on a parked SUV, where paramedics and Good’s father found them.
“They had her bagged, they had bagged her. I didn’t know if she was alive or not,” Eric Good said.
Good was rushed to the Bay Medical Center, suffering from cracked vertebrae and severe brain trauma.
Good’s mother Amy said the doctors weren’t sure how successful the recovery would be.
“We didn’t know if she could walk or talk. They told us she may not remember,” Amy Good said.
But the nurses, doctors and her family helped coax Sydney back to life. Sydney Good visited the hospital this week, the first time she’s been back since her release following the July 1, 2013 crash.
Her brain was so battered from her accident, she barely remembered the hospital workers.
One of the doctors she did remember? Rebecca Hysong, who promised her she would walk again, even at her high school graduation last month.
Hysong was right – she did walk, along with Fairchild.
The hospital visit was emotional for Good.
“It just like … it upsets me. I was dying, and these people saved me,” she said.
The reunion comes amid a new National Transportation Safety Board report criticizing the parasailing industry, accusing operators of “poor judgment, lack of sufficient experience [and] proper training.”
"Passengers seeking to enjoy the thrill, adventure and panoramic views of parasailing risk becoming accident victims," said the NTSB report. "Due to the nature of parasailing, accidents usually result in either serious injury or death."
There are no federal guidelines regulating parasailing. The NTSB recommended that all operators be licensed by the Coast Guard.
The industry organization said that it supported legislation and was working with the Coast Guard.
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