GENEROUS Brits has donated more than £ 40,000 to the devastated family of two teenagers killed in parasailing crash in Greece – as a third fights for his life in hospital.
They showed their support after the deaths of Jessica Lee Hayes, 15, and her cousin Michael ‘Mikey’ Connelly, 13, on the holiday island of Rhodes on Wednesday.
The couple were parasailing with Michael’s older brother James, 15, when a rope attaching their parachute to a speedboat snapped.
All three were carried hundreds of feet in the air in rocks off the fishing village of Lindos.
James survived the horror plunge but remains in a medically induced coma in hospital.
Jessica’s father Tony Hayes of Corby Northants has now thanked the UK public for their support as he continues to face his ‘nightmare’.
A GoFundMe page has already raised an incredible £ 40,000 for the United Family.
He says, “We are raising funds for the family that will be used to support them both now and in the struggles that lie ahead.”
Speaking from a hospital in Rhodes, Tony told The Sun on Sunday: “The kind messages from people all over the country have been so supportive.
“It’s wonderful to know the people are so nice. The British Consulate has been so supportive as well, they have been wonderful.
“I cry every time I see how much people have given. It is simply amazing.
Local Greek businessman Nikos Mallios, 51, owner of the water sports business used by children, was arrested in the crash.
Greek law prohibits three people from parasailing at a time and the legal minimum age is 16.
But Jessica, Michael and James were all allowed to make the trip as a threesome – despite being all minors.
Sources say cops seized video evidence from the passengers on the speedboat.
The news comes as James’ father Phil, a steelworker from Corby, revealed that an MRI showed no change in his son’s condition.
James’ uncle Tony said: “There is a long way to go, legally. Right now we are all doing very badly in all fairness.
“It is such a painful pain that we cannot operate. We cannot eat or sleep.
“We miss Jessica and Mikey so much. Nine-year-old Jessica’s little sister is in so much pain.
“She was so close to Jess and the boys. She needs her big cousin James to get by so they can laugh and joke like they used to.
Phil and Sharon Connelly described James as “the most perfect son”, reports the BBC.
“He is in a dark place right now, but with the support and prayer offered and his medical attention, I have no doubts that he will be okay,” Phil added.
“He will wake up to find his brother and cousin in eternal rest; it will devastate him as we have done.
Greek prosecutors have asked for more time to gather evidence before charging anyone with the children’s deaths.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said after the tragedy: “We are supporting the family of two Britons after their death in Rhodes and are in contact with the Greek authorities”.