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Illinois mom killed, 2 kids injured parasailing in Florida Keys – Boston News, Weather, Sports

PIGEON KEY, Fla. (AP) — An Illinois tourist was killed and two young children with her were injured when her parasail was cut loose, dragged through the ocean and thrown onto a bridge during a sudden storm in the Florida Keys. the authorities said.

A nearby boater saw them hit the water and rushed to rescue them, dragging the victims into his boat and taking them to waiting paramedics, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release sent out Tuesday night.

The 33-year-old woman, from Schaumburg, Illinois, had already died when they arrived at the nearby Sunset Grill Marina, authorities said. Her 10-year-old son and 9-year-old nephew were taken to hospitals for treatment.

John Callion, a fishing guide, ran around Pigeon Key to reach them, his fiancee Kasey Platt told WPLG.

“He was pretty frantic when he called. He said, ‘Call 911 right away,'” Platt told the TV network.

Callion told the Miami Herald that the Memorial Day storm developed suddenly.

“It was fairly calm, but you could see the storm coming. All of a sudden the temperature dropped 10 degrees and the wind started blowing like crazy,” Callion said.

According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report released Tuesday night, the captain of the boat pulling the parasail “cut a line tied to the three victims” because the parasail was “anchored” or dragging the boat.

The woman and children were then pulled “through and over the surface of the water” by the inflated parasail until they collided with the Old Seven Mile Bridge, the agency’s report said.

Callion found the 10-year-old boy groggy but awake. The 9-year-old boy was unconscious and wrapped in the Parasail’s lines.

“It was pretty much the worst thing you could imagine,” he said. “It was really bad.”

The Coast Guard and the State Wildlife Service are investigating.

“Our condolences go out to the families and loved ones of those affected in Monday’s accident,” said Capt. Jason Ingram, commander of the Key West Coast Guard Sector. “This was a tragedy for a family who wanted to enjoy their visit to the Florida Keys.”

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