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October 27, 2023
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A young girl had been killed and three other people had been hurt throughout the Thunder on the Narrows boat race off Kent Island, U.S. Coast Guard officials stated.

The Kent Narrows Racing Association stated the motorboat was a Grand National hydroplane boat playing Sunday's final competition within Kent Island Yacht Club. It had been about 23 feet lengthy and most likely taking a trip about 125 mph when it struck spectators near Kent Island.

"One of the battle boats ended up being on program sporting and struck a spectator boat, " stated Paul Schlotterbeck, using Kent Island Volunteer Fire division.

In line with the coast-guard, the driver associated with the rushing vessel lost control about 5:30 p.m. and slammed into spectator boats filled up with folks watching the race.

"There were about five vessels which were involved in the event and there have been some injuries, " Coast Guard Cmdr. Mike Keane said.

"Four patients had been transported; two by surface to regional hospitals as well as 2 were transported by Maryland State Police Aviation to Shock Trauma, " Schlotterbeck said.

Authorities sent their particular ideas and prayers to the families of the three hurt together with 7-year-old woman whom passed away.

"With those vessels that were rafted during the competition, the speedboat collided into three of those. All the 12 vessels had different rafts that have been really on the stern, tied down, and we believe the small girl ended up being on a single associated with rafts, " Keane stated. "Our prayers venture out to your people additionally the nearest and dearest included associated with people who were mixed up in event."

While the coast-guard investigates a cause of the accident, family, buddies and the neighborhood tend to be remembering the younger girl.

"(She was) just a beautiful, curious, lively, loving child, " said Dara Weigand, a family group buddy.

Detectives said it's the first time a collision with this type features occurred in the event's 25-year record. The examination is continuous.

Bouquets of plants outside the Kent Island Yacht Club memorialize a brilliant young life cut short. The tragedy features hit numerous just who didn't even comprehend Julianne.

"A 7-year-old is fully gone. It really is horrible, it is positively horrible, " said Cheryl Branagan.

"It's very upsetting as a mom and a grandmom, also it just tears within my heart simply the looked at a young child dying at any time, " said Paula Wagner.

"we all know she is missing work. We understand she has a funeral to cover. I'm not sure just how long she will be away. l know she's not earning money while she's out, and we also simply wanted to support the girl along with her other two young ones, " Weigand said.

Maryland Natural sources Police had been during the scene and responded and employees from the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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