GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Officials in Connecticut are looking for ways to make boating safer after a tragic accident led to the death of Greenwich High School junior Emily Fedorko, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.
Selectman Drew Marzullo, a paramedic who responded to Wednesday’s accident, has reportedly asked state lawmakers to strengthen boating regulations to require adult supervision for licensed boaters between 16 and 18 years old, Adams reported.
Greenwich police say Fedorko died Wednesday after she was struck by the propeller of a boat towing her and another girl who were tubing.
The injured girl, who was not identified, had a soft-tissue leg wound that required extensive stitching. Her injuries were not life-threatening.
The 16-year-old at the controls of the powerboat was a legal driver with her safe boating certificate, Adams reported.
“There’s a standardized training program that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Boating Division sponsors and it’s pretty much set up on a nationwide standard now,” State Environmental Police Captain Raul Camejo said.
As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported Thursday, in Connecticut, people 13 and older have to get a safe boating certificate to get on the water.