Teen struck by boat near UVI science dock

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St. Thomas - A teenage girl was hospitalized after she was hit by a speed boat Sunday evening at the University of Virgin Islands MacLean Marine Science Center near Brewers Beach.

The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources is investigating the incident, which occurred at about 5:20 p.m., according to Christine Lett, spokeswoman for the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency.

The girl, 17, suffered both a broken tibia and femur, Lett said.

It was unclear whether she was a student at the university.

DPNR is looking into whether the girl was swimming inside or outside of the swimming area, according to Jamal Neilson, spokesman for the department.

UVI spokeswoman Nanyamka Farrelly said that the area near the marine science dock is not a public swimming area, but is used by students conducting research.

After hitting her, the person driving the boat stopped and transported her to the UVI dock, according to Farrelly.

It was not known whether alcohol could have been a factor in the incident, Neilson said.

DPNR is expected to know more about what happened by today, Neilson said.

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