MIDDLEBURG- Two teens were killed when the boat they were riding in struck a tree on the north bank of Black Creek in north Florida.

Authorities say the 17- and 15-year-olds were in the bow of the boat when the accident happened about 2 p.m. Monday. The boat was being operated by one of the teen's father.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Karen Parker says the father left the controls to pump the fuel bulb when the boat veered toward the bank and struck a tree three feet off the water.

Parker says the agency is investigating the accident.

The father was treated and released from Shands Jacksonville Hospital.

--- Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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