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Woman killed in parasail crash was 'a wonderful person,' coworker says

CLEARWATER — Coworkers of the Georgia woman critically injured in a Labor Day weekend parasailing accident on Clearwater Beach were saddened by news of her recent death.

Alejandra White, 27, a tourist who was parasailing with her fiance when the line broke, died Saturday.

White had worked for several years as a chiropractic assistant in Duluth, Ga., according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"She was a wonderful person," David Ehrman, a chiropractor, told the paper late Sunday.

Her fiance, Shaun Ladd, 31, also was strapped into the parasail rig, but he was able to free himself from the runaway chute and fell into the water, sustaining minor injuries.

White, however, was dragged onshore behind the chute and hit a number of beach umbrellas before striking a post on a volleyball court.

She was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg in critical condition.

The parasail operator, Sky Screamer Parasail of Clearwater Beach, is under investigation. Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the inquiry will "continue for at least six to eight weeks."

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