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ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team

Thursday, June 8, 2023 16:14

Husband describes the 'horrific' parasailing death of the Elk Grove Village woman

CHICAGO (WLS) — The husband of a suburban woman who was killed while parasailing in the Florida Keys last year is speaking about the incident for the first time.

It was supposed to be a fun family trip to the Florida Keys and it quickly turned into a tragedy.

Early Thursday, the widow of the woman killed in the parasailing incident spoke for the first time about it as the family filed a new lawsuit over her death.

Supraja Alaparthi, 33, his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old nephew were in armor, in the air when court documents say the parasail started “knocking”, meaning the parasail turned into a gale and dragged the boat.

The family of the mother who was killed in a Florida parasailing accident filed a lawsuit

Dark clouds moved in and the family's attorney said the boat's captain took them out in bad weather, then cut the rope holding Alaparti and the children to the boat.

That's when they hit the bridge. Supraja was killed, and the children were injured.

Her husband Srinivasrao Alaparthi, speaking publicly for the first time, explained to Good Morning America how he felt when it all happened.

“I didn't observe what he was actually doing, when exactly did he cut the rope,” he said. “Everything looks like it's fragmented and like a crazy situation but obviously, whatever he's doing, it's concerning to all of us.”

Twelve family members were on board, including her husband and daughter, and witnessed what was happening and felt helpless.

The captain was charged with one count of murder and five counts of violating commercial parasailing laws.

According to the indictment, the weather and wind speed were “key factors” in this incident.

You can watch the full interview on GMA Thursday morning at 7am after Eyewitness News This Morning.

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