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Boat driver charged in death of Illinois woman during fatal parasailing mishap in Florida Keys

A Florida Keys boat captain has been charged in reference to the death earlier this year of an Illinois woman who was parasailing together with two young children on Memorial Day earlier than a mishap despatched her plunging into the water.

Daniel Gavin Couch, 49, has been booked into the Monroe County Jail on one rely of manslaughter and was being held Thursday on $100,000 bond, the sheriff’s office confirmed to CBS Miami News.

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Supraja Alaparthi, 33, was pronounced lifeless on the scene.

Haggard Law Firm, Courtesy


Supraja Alaparthi, 33, died on the scene whereas her son, Sriakshith Alaparthi, 10, and her nephew, Vishant Sadda, 9, have been damage during the incident on May 30.

According to state officers, climate situations worsened whereas the trio have been out parasailing. 

That led to the parasail chute being managed by the wind fairly than the boat operator. 

Regulators stated Couch severed the road that was tethered to the three victims when the parasail “pegged,” which is when the boat is not in management of the chute. 

After the road was lower, the three victims then crashed into the Old Seven Mile Bridge.

Attorneys employed by household of the victims have filed a lawsuit in the wake of the crash. 

“All the family members were yelling to the captain hook them, use a rescue device jump in the water,” the lawyer stated. “Do something to save our family. They saw them screaming saw them yelling for help as the wind gusted in and took them away from the boat.”   

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