Captain charged in Florida parasailing accident that killed Schaumburg woman


CHICAGO (TUSEN) — A boat captain is now being charged in connection with the death earlier this year of a Schaumburg woman who died 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 TUSEN Miami News.

Daniel Couch
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

Supraja Alaparthi, her son and her cousin were on the run from Marathon, Florida, when a strong gust of wind “locked” their parasail — meaning the wind took control of the boat’s parasail below.

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

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This created a situation so dangerous that the captain made the difficult choice 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 hit the old Seven Mile Bridge, the report said.

Alaparthi, 33, died in the accident. Her son Sriakshith Alaparthi, 10, and cousin Vishant Sadda, 9, were both injured.

Alaparthi’s son Sriakshith’s injuries were described as minor. Cousin Vishant was taken to a nearby hospital for additional treatment.

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

TONIGHT ON TUSEN 2 NEWS AT 10: Jermont Terry has more on the story.



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