|Published:||Jul 08, 2013 10:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 08, 2013 11:43 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, FL--ACape Coral family is planning to now bury their daughter after a horrifying boating accident.
23 year old Maleah Nowak died yesterday after an innertube no one was using flew overboard, taking her with it.
We wanted to find out, what you can do to make sure it can't ever happen to you.
Marguaret Brent is grieving over the sudden death of her daughter, Maleah Nowak.
"She loved her family," said Brent.
FWC says Nowak was on a boat with two others when the wind blew an inflatible tube on the boat in to the water.
The line wrapped around Nowak's neck and took her with it.
Brent got the tragic news the next day from her aunt.
"She just told me to sit down and I knew something was wrong, I just knew it. I looked at her and I said its Maleah isn't it. And she said yes. She's gone," said Brent.
First responders performed CPR, but Nowak's neck laceration took her life.
"I lost her twin sister 7 years ago, and now, both of them are gone," said Brent.
"On a boat, crazy things can happen," said Paradise Boat Rentals Julius Wellenreiter.
He says not taking the right precautions while tubing can be fatal.
"Wind picks up and catches the tube, it can cause serious injuries," said Wellenreiter.
So he warns all boaters, to always deflate a tube when they are not used, so the line and the tube itself aren't a threat.
"When the tube is safely deflated and stored in one of the cabins, there is no line, no tube line to get wrapped around any children or the captain," said Wellenreiter.
A simple rule that could have saved Brent's daughter.
"It doesn't seem real, like, how could something like that happen," said Brent.