A day of fun filled with boating and tubing turned into a tragic boating accident in Greenwich.
Police confirm that four 16-year-old girls were involved in the accident that killed one 16-year-old and critically injured another girl. All four girls were Greenwich High School students and are believed to be friends. The boat belonged to one of the girls' fathers.
The two young girls were being towed by a second pair of girls who were driving the boat, which was powered by an outboard motor, when the boat hit them.
Harbormaster Ian MacMillan said the girl who was injured was cut by a boat propeller. Police report that she suffered a deep tissue injury to her leg that required a lot of stitches. She is being treated at Stamford Hospital. Her injuries are not expected to be life threatening.
The two girls who were driving the boat drove the injured girls back to shore.
The incident occurred at approximately 3:10 p.m. near the Old Greenwich Yacht Club close to Tod's Point, and it was the first fatal accident there in at least 20 years.
Greenwich Public School's Superintendent, William S. McKersie, released the following statement:
"This evening, we are mourning the devastating loss of one of our Greenwich High School students, a rising junior, who was involved in a boating accident today on the Long Island Sound. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time of tragedy. There are few words that can express the deep compassion we feel for the family of the young girl that has died and for the three other girls involved in the accident. The Greenwich Public School community is ready to support the girls involved and their families in every way possible.
The names of the girls are being withheld pending notification of family members. Although school is not in session, we will make counselors available for the school communities at the appropriate time."