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Florida boat captain charged with manslaughter in parasailing accident that killed Illinois mother

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MARATHON, Fla. - A boat captain has been charged with manslaughter in a Memorial Day parasailing crash in the Florida Keys that killed a 33-year-old Illinois woman and injured her young son and nephew.Daniel Gavin Couch, 49, was booked into the Monroe County Jail on Thursday and was being held on a $100,000 bond.An investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found Couch cut the line holding Supraja Alaparthi and the two boys because the parasail was "dragging" in high winds from a sudden summer storm.They were still strapped into the parasail as they were dragged across the waves for nearly 2 miles before slamming into the old Seven Mile Bridge, the investigation found.PREVIOUS: Mom killed, 2 kids injured parasailing in Florida KeysFamily members, including Alaparthi’s 6-year-old daughter, were on the boat that afternoon.

They were visiting the Keys from Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and told the captain they could return the next day if the weather was too bad to go up in the parasail.

But the captain said it would be OK, the family's attorney Michael Haggard said when he filed a wrongful death lawsuit in June.(Monroe County Sheriff's Office) After the parasail hit the bridge, Alparthi was underwater.

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