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Two teenage girls hurt in Fairfield tubing accident

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FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Two teenagers were hurt in a boating accident in Fairfield on Sunday, according to police.

Officers said the 13-year-old girls were tubing in Long Island Sound just off of Jennings Beach.

They said they boarded a 69 foot yacht to find two unconscious girls, both of which had been pulled to safety by onlookers.

Police said the teens were being pulled in a tube when they struck the side of the yacht and were thrown face down into the water. The yacht was anchored a few hundred yards from shore.

People on board the yacht jumped into the water to rescue the girls and brought them aboard, police said.

That's when an emergency call was made.

The girls were said to be in critical but stable and stable conditions, respectively.

One of the girls is from Long Island and her best friend was vacationing from North Carolina.

"When he came around the backside of the boat, their speed generally doubles, its a whipping technique. So if the boat is doing 18, the girls could be going anywhere from 25-30 mph, so they're going from one speed to zero on impact," said Fairfield Police Officer Keith Perhim.

Police said the incident remains under investigation.

"Whether you're in a lake, the sound, the ocean, you need to be careful and take all necessary precautions," said Fairfield Police Lt. James Perez. "Given the fact that there has been so many boating incidents involving young people, its extremely important that people take boating seriously. Don't assume because you're on a boat, moving lightly and the water is calm, that there is no danger."

The victims were not identified.

Last August, 16-year-old Emily Fedorko was killed and her friend was injured after they fell off their tube and were run over by the boat. In that case, police have recently cited and fined the teen driver.

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