A 15-year-old girl was killed on Wednesday when she was out on a towed buoy off Pornichet in Loire-Atlantique. She was rescued and brought back to the ground less than half an hour after the report of the accident in the late afternoon, but died a few minutes later, reported the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture. The accident occurred 2 kilometers south-west of Pornichet, a seaside resort on the Atlantic coast between La Baule and Saint-Nazaire.
The Regional Operational Monitoring and Rescue Center (CROSS) in Etel, Morbihan, received the warning that "a girl of fifteen who was aboard a buoy towed by a star is stuck in the propeller of it ", details the prefecture in its release. She would have succumbed to a haemorrhage, says Ouest-France .
The boat seized by the investigators
According to the first elements of the investigation, unveiled by Le Parisien , the girl was back on board the leisure boat rented by her family when the ship restarted. The victim would have been unbalanced and dropped into the water near the propeller. The prefecture adds that the use of the towed buoy would not be in question.
"We are shocked, it's dramatic," said the Parisian an employee of the boat rental company. "We just know that an investigation is underway, the boat was seized by the investigators, it would be a mistake of piloting, it was an individual rental with buoy for the afternoon. So there was no professional, we explained all the safety tips, and the engine is the first point of vigilance.The father has the boat license.I have been working here for 30 years is the first fatal accident.Yesterday (Wednesday), the weather was calm and the weather was good. "