White Lake boating death: Police say 16-year-old girl was struck by boat’s propeller in water
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. “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. “Anyone that’s going to go on the water that’s young -- anyone period who is going to go on the water -- I would highly encourage you to take a Coast Guard-approved boater safety course,” Ivory said.