The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is continuing to investigate the Saturday death of a Citrus County teenager.
Agency spokeswoman Karen Parker said at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, a boat was traveling on the north body of water of the Tsala Apopka Lake chain in Citrus County.
The driver was heading north “at an unknown speed” with a passenger in the boat with him and was pulling another juvenile on an inner tube behind the boat, Parker said.
The person being pulled has been identified by the Chronicle as Serra Sullivan. The Citrus County School Board confirmed for the Chronicle that one of its high school students had died in an accident this weekend.
Parker told the Chronicle in an email that the driver turned left through a curve and the tube swung right, hitting a cypress tree, knocking the victim into the water.
After a 30-minute search, the victim was found.
According to Citrus County Fire Rescue, she was taken to a boat ramp at East Muir Place in Inverness.
Emergency workers and law enforcement was called to the scene and paramedics performed life-saving efforts while they transported her to Ocala Regional Medical Center.
Sullivan was later pronounced dead.
Parker said the incident is an ongoing investigation.