16-year-old Orange County girl among 2 teens killed in crash involving WaveRunner boat on Lake Marie in Antioch, Illinois

ANTIOCCH, III. — Two teenage girls, including one from Orange County, were killed after a boat and a WaveRunner crashed on a northeast Illinois lake Tuesday evening.

The accident occurred on Lake Marie, part of the Chain O’Lakes.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit and Patrol Division responded to the crash near the village of Antioch around 5:15 p.m.

Investigators said a 16-year-old girl from Lake Forest was riding a Yamaha WaveRunner and a 13-year-old girl from Long Grove, Illinois, was her passenger.

The WaveRunner was traveling near the canal leading to Grass Lake when a boat driven by a 55-year-old Antioch man approached the same area, the sheriff’s office said.

Witnesses told police the WaveRunner was traveling at high speed directly toward the boat, leading to a collision.

Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said the jet ski was traveling at a high speed directly toward the boat when they collided.

The girls aboard the WaveRunner, who were wearing life jackets, lost consciousness and were thrown into the water, the sheriff’s office said.

The occupants of the boat immediately pulled the girls from the water, rescued them and called 911.

Both girls were transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where they were both pronounced dead after arrival. The identities of the girls have not been released.

The four people on board the boat were shaken but unharmed.

Covelli said they didn’t have time to react.

“There was nothing the operator could do to stop the boat in time or get around the WaveRunner as it approached. They immediately sprang into action and did everything they could to help these two teenagers,” he said. he declares.

No other injuries were reported in the crash.

Covelli said an accident like this is rare, but it’s critical that PWC operators know the rules about who has the right of way when approaching or passing other vessels.

In Illinois, the 16-year-old would have had to take a certified safety course before riding the WaveRunner.

At this time, it is unknown if she had done so before the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and the Illinois Conservation Police.

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