Connecticut Teen Killed in Freak Boating Accident
2 girls in inner tube somehow fell, crashed into boat's propeller
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2014 8:55 AM CDT
Police and medical personnel work at the scene of a boating accident near the Old Greenwich Yacht Club at Greenwich Point, Conn., Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 6, 2014.   (AP Photo/Greenwich Time, Bob Luckey)

(Newser) – What was supposed to be a fun summer afternoon for four teenage girls turned tragic yesterday when a freak boating accident killed one 16-year-old and seriously injured another. Two of the teens from Greenwich, Conn., were in an inner tube being pulled by the other two teens in a boat on the Long Island Sound. According to some reports, the two girls apparently fell out of the tube and as the boat circled back to retrieve them, they were somehow struck by the propeller, the New York Times reports. Others, including the Greenwich Time, say the boat stopped suddenly and the tube didn't. "What exactly the maneuvers were, I couldn't tell you at this point," a police lieutenant tells ABC 7. "The girls were dislodged from the tube, and unfortunately, they became entangled in the prop of the vessel."

The two uninjured girls pulled their friends into the boat, and emergency workers met them when they docked at a nearby yacht club. "Our launch driver heard the screams, so he went out to investigate and found the girls in the water," says the club's commodore. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. "Sabrina had to pull her friend’s dead body out of the water," says the father of one of the girls, age 15, who was in the boat. "This would’ve been tough for a combat soldier, you know? These are teenaged girls." Neither of the victims has yet been named by police; the girl who survived had surgery for an injured leg and seems to be "doing well," according to the lieutenant. No charges have been filed, though police are still investigating; they say alcohol was not a factor, WFSB reports. "It was a beautiful day—perfect conditions," says the town's harbor master. "Then out of the blue, something horrific happened." (In Florida, a 15-year-old girl received a traumatic brain injury in a freak "sumo suit" accident.)

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Aug 12, 2014 7:57 PM CDT
And this is why you don't pull an innertube with a boat! Boats are meant to haul skiers and nothing else. This is the same as using a pickup truck to pull sleds in the winter or to haul skaters/skateboarders. It's not safe. It's tragic this happened, but I hope that something good can come out of people won't do the same thing and will pay more attention. Young people especially are fearless and think they're invulnerable. Sadly, they are not.
Aug 12, 2014 10:47 AM CDT
Maybe the father shouldn't have commented about his daughter having to pull he freind from the water. Especially if she was driving the boat. That is pretty inconsiderate to focus on the feelings of the person who killed someone else, and not event mention anything about the person who she killed.
Aug 8, 2014 7:23 PM CDT
How long was the rope? Sounds like the tube was too close to the back of the boat.