A 16-year-old girl was killed and another teenage girl was seriously injured Wednesday after they were hit by a boat propeller while tubing in southwest Connecticut.
The two girls were were riding in a water tube being towed by a boat in the Long Island Sound near Greenwich Point Park when they were flipped off the inflatable raft. They were hit by a propeller when the vessel, being driven by another teenager, turned around to pick them up.
One of the girls, Emily Fedorko, of Old Greenwich, sustained a fatal injury to her torso, police said. The other victim hurt her leg, police said. Both victims were taken ashore at the Old Greenwich Yacht Club.
The survivor was taken to the hospital for several stitches and is recovering.
The driver of the boat was not hurt, nor was a passenger on the boat. All the girls were between the ages of 15 and 16 and from the Greenwich area. Officials say anyone age 13 or older with the proper training and a certificate can operate a boat at the club. The driver of the boat at the time of the accident was certified.
"Right now we believe this to be nothing more than a horrifically tragic accident and alcohol doesn't appear to be a part of it," said Lt. Kraig Gray, Greenwich police spokesman.
Greenwich Schools Superintendent William McKersie said the girl who died would have been a junior at Greenwich High School in the fall. Though it's summer vacation, counselors will be available Thursday at the high school and Eastern Middle School.
"It's really sad to hear something like that happened to her," said Oscar Rendon, one of the girl's classmates.