Family of woman killed in Florida Keys parasailing accident sues parasailing company – NBC 6 South Florida
The family of a woman killed in a parasailing accident in the Florida Keys last month is now suing the parasailing company.
Supraja Alaparthi’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit on his behalf Tuesday morning in Monroe County against Lighthouse Parasail Inc.
Two other personal injury lawsuits have also been filed against the company on behalf of Alaparthi’s 10-year-old son and 9-year-old nephew, who were injured in the incident.
The 33-year-old woman and her two children were parasailing on May 30 when winds picked up and tossed them into the old Seven Mile Bridge west of Marathon, Florida Fish and Seafood officials said. Wildlife Conservation Commission.
NBC 6’s Alyssa Hyman is aware of the accident which killed a woman and sent two young boys to the hospital.
The FWC report issued a few days later indicated that inclement weather was a factor in the crash.
With the parasail hooked, the captain cut the line attached to the three victims, according to the report. They were dropped from an unknown height and dragged across the surface of the water until the parasail collided with the deck.
Lawyers from the Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables, which represents the family, released photos taken by the family on Tuesday which they say show dangerous weather conditions just after the family flew away.
The lawsuit says the company was negligent for failing to check the weather and for operating in dangerous weather conditions.
“It was absolute negligence and a violation of law in the State of Florida to put these three innocent souls several hundred feet in the air that day,” attorney Michael Haggard said. “You can see the weather when the family is 100 feet, 200 feet in the air, the captain immediately began to lose control of the parasail. The boat was not moving, it became unseaworthy.”
NBC 6 has contacted an attorney for the company and is awaiting a response.
Immediately after the incident, a company employee told NBC 6 he was “devastated” and was cooperating with authorities during the investigation, adding that he was doing everything by the rules.
Lawyers for the Alaparthi family also said they planned to file a lawsuit against the marina from which the parasailing company operated.