Published: Jul 07, 2013 4:38 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 07, 2013 7:47 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A woman is dead after a boating accident on the Caloosahatchee River. It happened just before 2 p.m. near the Marina off Highway 31.

According to Gary Morse with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a boat carrying three people was traveling east on the Caloosahatchee River. They had an inner tube attached to a rope, which was used for towing people, stored inside the boat. "It blew out and the line that attached the inner tube to the boat wrapped around a young lady's neck and pulled her out of the vessel," Morse said. "She died as a result of those injuries."

The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Maleah Nowak of Cape Coral.

"This is not a common accident but boaters need to be aware," Morse said. "The windage can cause some serious problems if equipment is not secured to the vessel. Things can come flying off. They can hurt people. Obviously, in this case, this is an example of a tragedy the occurred because of a windage issue."