Teen dies following inner tube accident on Black River
August 16, 2010 at 1:50 AM EST - Updated June 21 at 7:45 AM
GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - An 18-year-old girl died and a 16-year-old girl was seriously injured Saturday during a boating accident in Georgetown County.
Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson said that a boat was towing an inner tube carrying two girls on the Black River around 3:30 Saturday. When the boat turned, the inner tube slammed into the Dunbar Bridge.
Johnson said one of the girls, Allison Howell, was rushed to Georgetown Memorial Hospital where she later died.
A 16-year-old, Ashlie Mueller, suffered a badly fractured femur in the incident, according to the Georgetown Times.
The girls were tubing as part of a church trip, according to the newspaper. Howell was a recent graduate of Georgetown High School.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is investigating the accident.