‘Emily’s Law’ For Boaters

‘Emily’s Law’ For Boaters


HAVE NUMEROUS LEADS TO FOLLOW AND HOPE TO HAVE A SUSPECT’S NAME SOON. ANOTHER FAMILY’S TRAGEDY LEADS TO A NEW LAW. 16-YEAR-OLD KILLED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT LAST SUMMER AND ANOTHER TEENAGER WAS AT THE BOAT’S CONTROLS. TODAY, CONNECTICUT’S GOVERNOR SIGNED EMILY’S LAW. CBS 2’S DICK BRENNAN REPORTS. IT’S REALLY HARD. WE MISS HER. Reporter: THEY HAVE BRAVELY FACED THE PAIN THAT NO PARENT SHOULD ENDURE, THE LOSS OF THEIR 16-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER EMILY WHO WAS KILLED LAST YEAR IN A BOATING ACCIDENT. SHE WAS A BRIGHT LIGHT AND WE STILL FEEL HER SPIRIT LIKE SHE’S DEFINITELY A PART OF OUR LIVES STILL. Reporter: EMILY WAS TUBING IN THE WATERS OFF GREENWICH POINT PARK LAST SUMMER THE PROPELLER OF THEIR TOW BOAT OPERATED BY A 16-YEAR-OLD STRUCK AND KILLED EMILY AND SERIOUSLY INJURED ANOTHER GIRL. THE ACCIDENT INSPIRED THE FAMILY TO FIGHT FOR THE PASSAGE OF EMILY’S LAW. THE BILL SIGNED TODAY BY GOVERNOR DANNEL MALLOY RAISES THE MINIMUM AGE TO TOW IN CONNECTICUT FROM 13 TO 16 AND REQUIRES A TOWING SAFETY COURSE BE COMPLETED BEFORE A SAFETY BOATING CERTIFICATE CAN BE ISSUED. WHEN I READ ABOUT EMILY’S ACCIDENT, HER PASSING, IT WAS MOVING. BUT I COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED IN THAT EARLY COVERAGE OF WHAT YOUR STRENGTH WOULD BRING OUT OF THAT TRAGIC EVENT. Reporter: THE FAMILY HAS STARTED A FOUNDATION IN EMILY’S NAME. THEY WERE GIVING OUT BRACELETS TODAY IN HER MEMORY. DESPITE ALL THEIR PAIN, THEY WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO BRING MEANING TO ALL THIS. THEY WANTED TO PROMOTE SAFE BOATING LAWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OUR DAUGHTER IS REALLY BEEN WITH US EVERY STEP. WE BELIEVE THAT, YOU KNOW, SHE IS GUIDING US AND SHE WAS A VERY LOVING AND CARING PERSON AND WE ARE JUST TRYING TO EMULATE HER. Reporter: A FAMILY FINDING PURPOSE OUT OF THEIR GREAT SADNESS. IN GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, DICK BRENNAN, CBS 2 NEWS. EMILY’S LAW ALSO PROHIBITS A BOAT OWNER FROM ALLOWING

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