2 Teenage Girls Killed After Jet Ski Collides with Boat on Illinois Lake

Two teens were killed after their jet ski crashed into a boat at an Illinois lake

Published Time: 19.06.2024 - 21:31:09 Modified Time: 19.06.2024 - 21:31:09

Two teens were killed after their jet ski crashed into a boat at an Illinois lake.

On Tuesday, June 18, the teen girls, ages 13 and 16, were riding on a jet ski when it crashed into a Sea Ray boat with four people onboard on Lake Marie near Antioch, Ill., according to a social media post from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Both the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Patrol Division and Antioch Fire Protection District responded to the scene around 5:15 p.m. local time.

“They were traveling in a northerly direction near the channel to Grass Lake, just north of the Elime Road Peninsula.  At the same time a Sea Ray Cabin Cruiser, being operated by a 55-year-old man of Antioch was traveling westbound in the same area, approaching the Gass Lake Channel,” the post read. 

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli confirmed that the 16-year-old was from Lake Forest, Calif., and the 13-year-old from Long Grove – the preliminary investigation revealed the 16-year-old was operati -

ng the jet ski and the 13-year-old was the passenger.

Representatives from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Per the post, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that both girls were wearing life jackets before they were knocked unconscious and thrown into the water upon impact. 

After aid was administered and 911 was called, the teens were both transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center where they were both pronounced dead shortly after arrival, the sheriff’s office said.

The crash currently remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit and Illinois Conservation Police. The Lake County Coroner’s Office scheduled an autopsy for June 20, the per the sheriff’s office.

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