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Emily Fedorko is remembered as a loved and active teenager

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Greenwich, CT | Added on August 07, 2014 At 05:54 PM

The 16-year old Greenwich High School student fatally wounded in a boating accident off Greenwich Point yesterday has been identified by Police as Emily Fedorko. 

"She was a rising junior. Someone very active in a variety of ways. Loved by her peers, loved by her teachers and others. As the story unfolds as to who this young girl is, the tragedy is even deeper. It's an incredible loss," said Greenwich Superintendent of Schools Dr. William McKersie. 

Fedorko and 15-year old friend were on a tube tied to the back of another friend's 21 foot boat when tragedy struck.

"The two girls were dislodged from their tube. the operator of the boat made a turn to pick up the tubers when the boat collided with the two girls in the water. The two girls in the water were then injured by the propellor of the outboard engine," said Kraig Gray, the Greenwich Police Public Information Officer. 

The driver of the boat was a 16-year old Greenwich resident. One can obtain a boating certificate at the age of 13 in Connecticut. 

"There's two different types of certificates in Connecticut. There is a safe boating certificate which allows basically anyone with the certificate to operate any type of recreational boat regardless of the size of the boat and regardless of the horsepower on the boat," said Raul Camajo, a State Environmental Conservation Police Captain. 

Greenwich Schools are now preparing for this sad time in the community. 

"We have to give immediate help. I said to the team today, it's not just the next couple days, it's the next several months. As Greenwich High School opens its doors within a couple weeks, we need to be ready to provide all kinds of support to our students," said McKersie. 

Greenwich Police want to stress that this is still an open investigation, and encourage any eyewitnesses to call them on the tip line. 

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