Fatal Boat Accident in Greenwich Waters UPDATE|
Thursday, August 7, 2014 PM - In addition to the Greenwich Public Schools’ counseling and support services available to the Greenwich community, there are a number of community organizations that have offered assistance. Please find information on available services HERE
Wednesday, August 6, 2014: This afternoon four local Greenwich girls were boating on the Long Island Sound off Greenwich Point Park. The girls, who are all 16 yoa, were operating a privately owned recreational boat powered by an outboard motor. The girls had been “tubing” which is when one or more tube riders tether their tubes to a motor boat. The riders are then towed through the water by the boat. This afternoon, for a yet to be determined reason, the two girls who had been tubing were in the water and came into contact with the propeller of outboard engine. The first girl was transported to the Stamford Hospital for a soft tissue injury to her leg which required extensive stitching. The second girl sustained a fatal wound and died at the scene.
The immediate families of all the involved teens have been notified. The name of the deceased will not be released at this time allowing them to make notifications to their extended family. The name of the victim should be released officially no later than noon on August 7, 2014 by the Greenwich Police Department PIO.
The primary investigator on scene personal assessment of the incident is; this is a tragic accident. The incident will continue to be investigated by the Greenwich Police Department Marine Section in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Questions regarding the boat accident should be directed to the DEEP Public Information Officer. Questions regarding the deceased should be directed to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).
Our thoughts and prayers go the victim, her family, and her friends.
Lieutenant Kraig Gray
Public Information Officer
Greenwich Police Department