GREENWICH, Conn. (PIX11) - Police in Greenwich, Connecticut are calling this a freak and tragic accident.
Four teenage girls were enjoying some boating and tubing on the water of the Long Island Sound when something went terribly wrong.
"The two girls on the tube came tangled in the propellor of the motor," says Kraig Gray of the Greenwich Police Department.
To be clear, two girls were driving the boat, and two were in the tube. How the two became tangled in the propellor remains unclear at this point.
One 16-year-old girl identified as Emily Fedorko was killed in the water, the second pulled back onto the boat by her two friends and was taken to Stamford Hospital for a deep tissue wound which needed stitches.
"We believe this to be nothing more than a horrifically tragic accident," said Gray.
Police said all of the girls attended Greenwich High School. Word quickly spread amongst classmates who are shocked about the news.
"Everyone is just shocked and speechless pretty much," said a sophomore at the school.
Officials say you need to be 13 years old and have a boating safety certificate to operate a boat.
It is unclear if the girls had the necessary paperwork to operate a boat.