Emily Fedorko died after being hit by her friends who had circled round to pick her up after she had fallen off the inflatable ring – her friend was seriously injured
Tragedy: Emily Fedorko reportedly became caught in the boat’s propeller
A dream summer holiday ended in tragedy when a 16-year-old girl was killed and another seriously injured after being caught in a speed boat propeller while tubing.
Emily Fedorko died after being hit by her friends who had circled round to pick her up after she had fallen off the inflatable ring.
The 16-year-old reportedly became caught in the boat’s propeller and sustained injuries that led to her death as she enjoyed school holidays in Long Island.
“It’s a tragic sequence of events,” Greenwich Police Lieutenant Kraig Gray said.
“The girls were out having a good time.”
The four friends had taken out the boat, owned by one of the girl’s father, to enjoy their final days of their holidays before returning to school.
They had been taking turns on the tube two-at-a-time. As Emily and her friend fell off, the other girls turned the boat around to pick them up.
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But as they neared the tube, the boat struck Emily, leaving her with fatal injuries.
Lt. Gray added: “At some point some of the manoeuvres that took place with the boat and the tubes, the vessel slowed or stopped.
“The girls’ tube continued forward and they became entangled in the propeller.”
Emily’s friends pulled the badly injured teen from the water, but they were unable to save her. She died at the scene.
Gordon Thurber, whose daughter Sabrina, 15, was riding in the boat, said she helped pull the girls from the water.
“Sabrina had to pull her friend’s dead body out of the water,” he said.
“This would’ve been tough for a combat soldier, you know? These are teenage girls.
“I am just on my knees, thanking God, that she didn’t die.”
The other girl sustained leg injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital .
Authorities have ruled out alcohol or drugs as contributing factors .
“I don’t think there’s any greater tragedy for a family than to lose a child at 16 years old in a simple boating accident on a beautiful day while they were looking to have a little fun,” Gray added.