Boat captain charged in death of parasailer

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CHICAGO (CBS) -- A vessel skipper present stands charged successful transportation with the decease earlier this twelvemonth of a Elk Grove Village pistillate who died successful a parasailing mishap successful South Florida.

Daniel Gavin Couch, 49, was booked into the Monroe County, Florida Jail connected 1 number of manslaughter and was being held Thursday connected $100,000 bond, the sheriff's bureau confirmed to CBS Miami News.

Daniel Couch Daniel Couch has been charged successful the decease of an Illinois pistillate who died connected May 30, 2022 during a fatal parasailing mishap successful the Florida Keys. Monroe County Sheriff's Office

As CBS 2's Jermont Terry reported Thursday night, the communicative and decease of Supraja Alaparthi near galore shaking their heads successful disbelief. Many questioned wherefore the relation of the parasailing vessel chopped the cord.

The representation beneath of Alaparthi; her son, Sriakshith Alaparthi, 10; and her nephew, Vishant Sadda, 9, was taken conscionable earlier they took to the aerial parasailing off Marathon, Florida.

12-p-parasailing-lawsui-wfor5tz8-00-00-0626.jpg Supraja Alaparthi, 33, was pronounced dormant connected the scene. Haggard Law Firm, Courtesy

The Memorial Day outing for the Elk Grove Village household ended tragically erstwhile a beardown gust of upwind "pegged" their parasail - meaning the upwind took implicit power of the parasail from the vessel below.

A consequent study said this made for a situation truthful dangerous that the skipper decided to chopped the enactment tethered to the victims. They were dropped from an chartless tallness and dragged done the h2o by the floating parasail until it yet slammed into Old Seven Mile Bridge, the study said.

Alaparthi died instantly. Her lad and nephew were some injured.

Now, Couch is charged with manslaughter for taking the household retired connected a windy time and cutting that cablegram connecting the parasail to his boat.

Fisherman John Caillon was retired connected the h2o that aforesaid time erstwhile the upwind speeds reached 30 mph. They watched arsenic the parasail blew retired of control.

Caillon rushed to the span to assistance each 3 arsenic they dangled. But Alaparthi did not marque it.

"I similar to judge that, you know, he's got a batch of pridefulness that he's carrying - knowing that ultimately, I deliberation helium saved one, if not two, young children's lives - truthful I deliberation that outweighs the sorrow and the sadness," said Caillon's wife, Kasey Platt.

The family's lawyer said 11 household members – including Alaparthi's 6-year-old daughter, were connected the vessel that day and witnessed Couch chopped the cord.

Prosecutors said that enactment was reckless, and not lone violated commercialized parasailing guidelines, but was criminal.

Attorneys hired by household of the victims person besides filed a lawsuit in the aftermath of the crash. 

Jermont Terry


Jermont Terry joined the CBS 2 squad successful October 2019. He's calved and raised connected Chicago's South Side. He's blessed to instrumentality location to study connected his assemblage aft 18 years of uncovering stories crossed the country.

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