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Tragedy Leads to New Boating Safety in CT

Tragedy Leads to New Boating Safety in CT

A Connecticut family is helping others learn from their tragedy.

In the summer of 2014, a 16 year old girl was killed in the waters off Todd’s Point in Greenwich. The young girl died while tubing with a friend after being struck by the propeller of her family’s tow boat. That day, the family’s tow boat was being operated by an inexperienced 16 year old.

In response to the tragic death, Governor Dannel Malloy passed a law prohibiting a boat owner from allowing someone under the age of 16 to drive while towing a water skier. The new law, aptly named “Emily’s Law,” also requires a towing safety course to be completed before a boating safety certificate can be issued. The minimum age to tow in Connecticut has been raised from 13 to 16.

The state of Connecticut hopes Emily’s Law will promote boating safety across the country.

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