An accident will leave a family mourning in the coming months after a 16-year-old girl’s life was cut short. Police reported arriving on the scene to find one teenager already deceased and another seriously injured in a boating and tubing accident.
For many Americans, riding behind speed boats on rubber inflatables is a much-anticipated pastime. These two girls were no different. Onlookers reported that the two laughed and cheered as they were tugged quickly behind the boat. Unfortunately, they were tossed from the tubes and the driver acted too quickly.
It should be noted that these girls were doing as they should have been. There were two people in the boat – a driver and a spotter. The spotter announced that the girls had fallen off and the driver slowed. Turning the boat, likely in an effort to get back to the girls so they could be pulled aboard before another spin on the tubes, the wheel was cut too hard, too fast, and the girls were caught by the propellers.
The force was enough to cut one life short. The second girl was rushed to a local hospital, where she received emergency surgery on a serious leg injury. Fortunately, her injuries are considered not life threatening. She is highly fortunate, as propellers like the one on this boat, turn with great force and are sharp enough to cause much greater damage than what she suffered.
This accident has ended one life, and has likely altered three others forever. The girls were just trying to enjoy a hot summer’s day, like so many people do. It is a reminder that these sports are dangerous and should be treated with the utmost respect. It is not entirely clear what caused the accident. If it is determined that this was a result of a product malfunction, a personal injury attorney may be called on to help the families collect damages to cover some of the associated costs.