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Children Critically Injured in Boating Accident



    Children Critically Injured in Boating Accident

    Two 14-year-old girls suffered serious injuries in a possible tubing accident near Jennings Beach in Fairfield on Sunday afternoon.

    A boater in the area spotted the girls, pulled them from the water and waited with them until emergency crews got to the scene.

    The report into Fairfield's Emergency Communications Center was that two children were unconscious in the water after an accident.

    Emergency responders didn't know exactly where the teens were when they first arrived, so police and firefighters went to Jennings Beach to look for them from the shore.

    When they located the girls, they put them onto rescue boats and took them to Fairfield's gas dock, where firefighters, police and ambulance crews were waiting.

    The teens were quickly stabilized, American Medical Response paramedics put them on advanced life support and ambulances transported them to Bridgeport Hospital to be treated for critical injuries.

    No information was available on Monday morning about the girl's conditions.

    Officials said on Monday morning that they were from out of state and vacationing in the area.

    “This emergency was quickly managed due to the practiced and coordinated response from our local police and fire marine partners and support from the Port Security Grant programs that have provided emergency response vessels to local Police and Fire Departments in the region,” Assistant Chief Scott Bisson said in a statement. “The quick actions of the private boaters that pulled the girls from the water and called 911 directly impacted the speed and effectiveness of medical care.”

    Fairfield Police continue to investigate, but cleared the scene at 5:08 p.m.

    Bridgeport Police and Fire Departments and Westport Fire Department rescue boats also responded.