GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH)– Greenwich police have identified the 16-year-old girl who died after being struck by a boat propeller while tubing Wednesday afternoon.
The victim has been identified as Emily Fedorko of Old Greenwich.
Police say the four girls, all between ages 15 and 16, were out on Long Island Sound, off Greenwich Point Park. They were operating a 21 foot, privately owned recreational boat that was powered by an outboard motor. Two of the girls were in the water tubing, when some time between 2-2:30 p.m., the girls were dislodged from their tubes into the water.
Police say when the operator of the boat made a quick turn to pick up the tubers, the boat collided with the two girls in the water. The outboard propeller caused a fatal injury to Fedorko’s torso and she died at the scene.
The other girl struck received “a significant soft tissue but non-life threatening injury to her left lower leg,” police said. The two girls in the boat immediately lifted the victims from the water on to the boat and brought them to the Old Greenwich Yacht Club dock. They were between one and two miles from the dock of Captains Harbor when the accident took place.
Police say there is no indication that alcohol played any role in what happened. They also say the teenager at the controls of the 21-foot boat was properly trained. Police Chief Jim Heavey said, “One thing I will share with you is the operator of the boat did have a boating safety license to operate the vessel.”
Schools Supt. William McKersie said, “This is a devastating loss for the whole Greenwich community. Emily was a friend, loved by family but also by many of her fellow students.”
The Greenwich Police Department Marine Section is conducting an investigation with The State Environmental Conservation Police (ENCON), conducting the accident reconstruction.
The Greenwich Public School is also offering grief counseling at Eastern Middle School and the Greenwich High School from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you cannot make it to either site, call 211 or call the Center for Hope at (203) 655-0547.