The captain of the boat accused in Florida of a paragliding accident that killed the woman from Elk Grove Village

CHICAGO (CBS) – A boat captain is now charged with the death earlier this year of a woman from the village of Elk Grove who died in a paragliding accident in South Florida.

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

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Daniel Couch was charged with the death of an Illinois woman who died May 30, 2022 in a fatal paragliding accident in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office


As reported Thursday night by CBS 2’s Jermont Terry, Supraja Alaparthi’s story and death left many shaking their heads in disbelief. Many have wondered why the paraglider operator cut the cable.

The image below of Alaparthi; his son, Sriakshith Alaparthi, 10 years old; and his nephew, Vishant Sadda, 9, was caught just before they took off on a paraglider off Marathon, Florida.

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Supraja Alaparthi, 33, was pronounced dead on the spot.

Haggard Law Firm, by kind permission


The Memorial Day outing for the Elk Grove Village family came to a tragic end when a strong gust of wind “anchored” their parasail, meaning the wind took control of the parasail from the boat below.

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

Alaparthi died instantly. His son and grandson were both injured.

Now, the sofa is accused of manslaughter for taking the family out on a windy day and cutting that cable that connected the paraglider to his boat.

Fisherman John Caillon was in the water the same day when the wind speed reached 30 mph and they watched the paraglider flutter out of control.

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

“I like to believe that, you know, he has a lot of pride that he’s carrying – knowing that in the end, I think he saved the lives of one, if not two, young children – so I think he overcomes the pain and sadness,” his wife said. of Caillon, Kasey Platt.

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

Prosecutors said the act was reckless and not only violated commercial parasailing guidelines, but it was criminal.

Following the accident, lawyers hired by the victims’ families also filed a lawsuit.