White Lake boating death: Police say 16-year-old girl was struck by boat’s propeller in water

Nicole Shoup's death ruled 'freak accident'

WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 16-year-old girl who was killed in a White Lake Township boating incident somehow ended up in the water and was struck by the boat’s propeller, investigators said.

White Lake police are calling Nicole Shoup’s death a “freak accident.” They said she was with her boyfriend on Mandon Lake on Monday evening when she ended up in the water and was struck by the boat’s propeller.

Shoup played the violin and loved to sing and dance, her family said. She was enjoying being out on the water with her boyfriend when tragedy struck.

“Something like this can happen in the blink of an eye,” White Lake police Lt. Matt Ivory said. “Lives are changed just that fast.”

White Lake police are still investigating whether Shoup jumped into the water or fell off the boat.

“Ultimately, she was screaming for help and she was pulled onto the boat by the man,” Ivory said.

The Holly High School student suffered extensive injuries, officials said. Her boyfriend brought the boat back to shore and called 911.

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