Deviny Boese, 15, was killed while riding an inner tube when the boat pulled her to close to the dock
REDINGTON SHORES --
A teenage girl was killed and another injured in a boating crash at a Redington Shores dock on Tuesday, authorities said. Deviny Boese, 15, was taken to St. Petersburg General Hospital where she died from her injuries. Sarah Dobbs, 15, was transported to All Children's Hospital with an ankle injury and is expected to be okay.
The crash occurred just after 1 p.m. at the Redington Yacht and Tennis Club dock located at 17717 Gulf Boulevard. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, two teenage boys were on a boat that was pulling an inner tube with two teenage girls on it. Deputies say the boat's operator drove the boat too close to the dock.
The tube hit the dock and the two girls aboard were ejected, the sheriff's office said. Boese hit a piling when she was thrown from the tube. "It doesn't appear that alcohol was a factor or involved. It just appears that it may be a freak accident at this point,” said PCSO Lt. Thomas Nestor.
The boat belongs to the parents of 15-year-old Brandon Noah, who was operating the boat. The sheriff's office says his family recently purchased the boat and the teen took it without his parents' knowledge. "They did not have permission to be out on the boat," said PCSO spokesperson Cecilia Barreda. Noah and another teen on the boat, 15-year-old Noah Epstein, were not injured.
Deputies say Noah jumped out of the boat and assisted the girls out of the water. He and others at the dock administered CPR on Boese until Seminole Fire Rescue arrived on scene.
In the meantime, deputies say Epstein left the scene on the boat and went to Noah's home to notify his parents about the crash.
Noah was cited for no boater identification and for reckless operation of a vessel resulting in a fatality. His family turned down Bay News 9's request for an interview.
REDINGTON SHORES, Fla. - A 15-year-old girl has died and another teen was injured Tuesday afternoon after a raft being towed by a boat slammed into a dock at the Redington Shores Yacht and Tennis Club. Deviny Boese was pronounced dead at St. Petersburg General Hospital after suffering injuries in the crash at 17717 Gulf Boulevard.
"We are just freaked out," said Dave Gallagher, Deviny's father. "She was just perfect."Another girl on the raft, 16-year-old Sarah Dobbs, was taken to All Children's Hospital with an ankle injury.
"It doesn't appear that alcohol was a factor or involved," said Lt. Tom Nestor with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. "It just appears it may be a freak accident at this point."
The girls were being towed by a 23-foot twin engine fishing boat driven by a 15-year-old. The driver did stop following the accident and tried giving Boese CPR. The teen's parents own the boat, and officials say he did not have permission to use it.
That teen has been charged with failure to produce a boater ID and reckless operation of a vessel resulting in a fatality. Another boy on the boat, also 15 years old, was not injured or charged. When the driver jumped out to help, the other boy drove the boat back to a home on Wall Street to notify the parents. Neighbors told ABC Action News they new a tragedy would happen out on the water one day.
"We see this constantly," said Diane Alexander. "Boats come from the intercostal, around this corner. There are minimum wake signs all over but they pay no attention. They come speeding through here." Gallagher said Deviny was in to dirt bikes and participated in a private cheerleading group called Rock Solid AllStars. Gallagher said his daughter wanted to become an orthodontist.
An only child, Deviny was going to be entering her sophomore year at Osceola High School.Cheerleading practice was canceled Tuesday night but the gymnasium was open for Deviny's teammates to gather and grieve.
"She was a really outgoing girl," said fellow cheerleader Emily Coleman. "Always had a smile on her face and she was always there for us." Deviny joined the squad four years ago and advanced quickly. She was well-known and well liked by her teammates.
"It is incredibly hard," said Carol Bariteau, owner of the private cheerleading company. "Never had to go through something like this before. We are all going to miss Deviny a lot." Funeral arrangements are still pending but Deviny's teammates are planning a benefit in her honor and are dedicating their upcoming season to her.
"Going to miss her a lot, but this season is for her," said Heather Hankin
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