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New video shows weather conditions before the Keys parasailing tragedy

MONROE COUNTY, Florida. – A witness shared video showing it was windy and menacing clouds gathering before a woman died and two boys were injured while parasailing in the Florida Keys on Monday.

Supraja Alaparthi, 33, was sailing west of Pigeon Key in a three-seater with her 10-year-old son Sriakshith Alaparthi and her 9-year-old nephew Vishant Sadda.

Charter boat captain John Callion was among several witnesses who watched in horror as the Parasail collided with the old Seven Mile Bridge.

“One of the children was upside down and the woman was face down in the water,” Callion said.

Alaparthi of Elk Grove Village died. Her son and nephew were injured.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Daniel Couch, the boat’s captain, filled the sail with gusts and began to pull the boat, forcing him to cut the line attached to the three victims.

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The Monroe County Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the case. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to press charges against Couch, who resides in Marathon.

Investigations by FWC and the US Coast Guard are pending.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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