TODAY | July 05, 2013
>> the parasailing accident in florida. thomas is back with the latest.
>> it is something we have been following. for the first time we're hearing from the fathers of the two indiana teens that suffered critical injuries in that accident.
>> we just need everybody to keep praying for us.
>> a plea from the parents of alexis fairchild and sidney good. they were parasailing in panama city monday when the tow rope snapped. they drifted into a condominium and slammed into the cars below. much of it was caught on cell phone video.
>> i said what's going on and he said dad, the rope broke and then that's when i mean it really set in. it was a nightmare.
>> they were rushed to the hospital in critical condition .
>> when we first got here to the hospital i was in a state of shock .
>> their parents say both girls needed brain surgery . sidney 's father says she has a fractured neck and even though alexis had back surgery this week she is moving with a walker.
>> she was walking past sidney 's room and able to stop in and say hi and told her hand. sidney was able to raise her hand. it was a great moment.
>> i can't even express on behalf of our family and fairchilds, the outpour of caring and prayers.
>> the coast guard is investigating what happened including what role the stormy weather may have played. the parasailing company released a statement expressing sympathies to the girls.
>> while we adhere to best practices to minimize the risk associated with water sport activities, sudden weather conditions can and do occur.
>> alexis is in serious but stable condition and sidney is in critical this morning and sidney 's dad says she should have the surgery on a neck area in a week or so. what an ordeal.
>> only 17 years old. beautiful young women . we hope for the best there.