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Lawmaker Pushes For Safer Boating After Crash That Killed Kids

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Police close off access to part of the lake to investigate boating accident. (credit: Beth Fisher/WWJ)

Police close off access to part of the lake to investigate boating accident. (credit: Beth Fisher/WWJ)

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KEEGO HARBOR (WWJ)  – On the heels of a tubing accident on Sylvan Lake that killed two children and critically injured another, Democratic State Senator Glenn Anderson is calling for legislation to improve boating safety.

The children were hit by a boat while riding on a tube pulled by a jet ski piloted by their father.

Anderson said they’re looking at ways to increase awareness and visibility on the water to reduce these types of accidents.

“Whether the boat would carry some type of a flag on the boat that’s up in the air that can be seen from a distance that would have some type of a universal symbol that would indicate that the boat is pulling someone behind them by use of a tow rope,” Anderson said. “And then also whether or not we even need to look at the tow ropes themselves, to make them a brighter color.”

Meantime, the condition of 10-year-old Adriana Mansour is slowly improving after she was critically injured in the cash, Sunday afternoon. Funeral services will be held Friday for her 11-year-old brother, Alex, and 6-year-old sister, Gabrielle.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s office says the tragedy is considered an accident and no arrests have been made.

From 2011 to 2012 there were 232 recorded boating accidents in Michigan; 38 of which were fatal, resulting in 42 total deaths.

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