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CINCINNATI -- Two Indiana teens whose parasail detached from a boat and flung them into a Florida highrise this week have many challenges ahead, but are doing better, according to their families.

"Our daughters, Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, are still at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida, recovering from a parasailing accident on July 1; however we have seen more progress from yesterday," the families said in joint statement released on July 4.

Good of Roanoake, Ind. and Fairchild of Huntington, Ind., suffered serious injuries when the line from their parasail snapped. The 17-year-olds slammed into the side of a condominium and hit a power line before hitting a parked car on the ground.

The girls were vacationing in Panama City when the incident happened. They were taken to Bay Medical Center in critical condition, but their families say they are slowly doing better, according to ABC News .

"Alexis was able to walk today with a walker and the assistance of a physical therapist and she walked into Sidney's room to visit. Sidney is still in critical condition, but we are seeing small signs of progress. She is able to open one of her eyes and communicate to us with nods and gestures," their families said in the official statement.

According to ABC News , since 1998 there have been 33 parasailing accidents in Florida alone -- six of which resulted in fatalities

The company that owned the boat involved in Monday's incident, Aquatic Adventures, helped block Florida state legislation in May that would have put new safety standards in place, ABC News reported .

The owner of Aquatic Adventures released a statement Friday and says he's praying for their recovery.

"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the injured girls and we all pray for their speedy recovery," Aquatic Adventures owner Jeff Jones wrote in a statement to The News Herald . "While we adhere to best practices to minimize the risks associated with watersport activities, sudden weather conditions can and do occur."

Jones declined further comment, noting that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating Monday's crash.

The Coast Guard also is investigating the crash.

"The Coast Guard investigates all reportable marine casualties and accidents to determine the causal factors, so that through regulation and education we might prevent similar incidents from recurring," said Lt. John Authement, supervisor of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Panama City.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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