Captain charged in Florida parasailing accident that killed woman from Elk Grove Village

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CHICAGO (TBEN) — A boat captain is now being charged in connection with the death earlier this year of a woman in Elk Grove Village who was killed in a parasailing accident in South Florida.

Daniel Gavin Couch, 49, was incarcerated in Monroe County, Florida, on charges of manslaughter and was held on Thursday with $100,000 bail, the sheriff’s office confirmed to TBEN Miami News.

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Daniel Couch has been charged with the death of an Illinois woman who died on May 30, 2022, in a fatal parasailing accident in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office


As TBEN 2’s Jermont Terry reported Thursday night, the story and death of Supraja Alaparthi left many shaking their heads in disbelief. Many wondered why the parasail boat operator cut the cord.

The photo below of Alaparthi; her son, Srirakshith Alaparthi, 10; and her cousin, Vishant Sadda, 9, was taken just before they went skydiving for Marathon, Florida.

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Supraja Alaparthi, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The Memorial Day outing for the Elk Grove Village family ended tragically when a strong gust of wind “locked” their parasail — meaning the wind took control of the parasail from the boat below.

A subsequent report said this created a situation so dangerous that the captain decided to cut the line attached to the victims. They were dropped from an unknown height and dragged through the water by the floating parasail until it finally slammed into the Old Seven Mile Bridge, the report said.

Alaparthi was killed instantly. Her son and cousin were both injured.

Now Couch is charged with manslaughter for taking the family out on a windy day and cutting the cable connecting the parasail to his boat.

Fisherman John Caillon was on the water that same day when winds reached 30 mph. They watched as the parasail spiraled out of control.

Caillon ran to the bridge to help all three as they dangled. But Alaparthi didn’t make it.

“I like to believe that, you know, he carries a lot of pride with him – knowing that he ended up saving one, if not two, young children – so I think that outweighs the grief and sorrow,” Caillon’s wife said. , Kasey Platt.

The family’s lawyer said 11 relatives, including Alaparthi’s 6-year-old daughter, were on the boat that afternoon and saw Couch cut the cord.

Prosecutors said the act was reckless and not only in violation of commercial parasailing guidelines, but also criminal.

Lawyers hired by the victims’ families have also filed a lawsuit after the crash.

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