Teen girl dies after Greenwich boating accident - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Teen girl dies after Greenwich boating accident

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Teen dies in Greenwich boating accident (Greenwich police) Teen dies in Greenwich boating accident (Greenwich police)
GREENWICH, CT (WFSB) -

A 16-year-old girl was killed and another girl was seriously injured after being struck by the boat they were tubing from, near Greenwich on Wednesday afternoon. 

The incident occurred near the Old Greenwich Yacht Club, which is located in the Greater Greenwich Harbor area, around 2 p.m. 

Two girls were tubing, being pulled by an outboard boat, when "at some point, the girls on the tube became entangled in the propeller of the outboard engine," Greenwich police Lt. Kraig Gray said.

The unidentified teen was pronounced dead on the scene while the other girl in the water suffered a leg injury but is expected to recover.

The deceased girl's name is expected to be released on Thursday, after family is notified.

"I don't think there's any greater tragedy for a family than to lose a child at 16 years old in a simple boating accident on a beautiful day while they were looking to have a little fun," Gray said.

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

All four girls attended Greenwich High School.

Police said the father of one of the females is the owner of the boat, however, it was not the father of either one of the two victims.

According to Connecticut State Law, boat operators must be 16 years old to have a boating certificate, and it is unclear if the girls were legally driving the boat.

"I think it's just an awful tragedy for our community. It's a horrible thing to hear and I'm so sorry for her family," said Cheryl Williams, of Darien.

Police are calling this a tragic accident, but are looking into whether anyone was at fault. No charges have been filed. 

Officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Conservation, otherwise known as Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, is handling the investigation.

The size of the boat is unknown.  

Greenwich Superintendent of Schools William McKersie said counselors will be available for the school communities.

"This evening, we are mourning the devastating loss of one of our Greenwich High School students, a rising junior, who was involved in a boating accident today on the Long Island Sound. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time of tragedy," McKersie said in part in a statement.

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