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Broadneck Teen Drowns In Sailing Accident

| June 23, 2011, 10:41 PM | 9 Comments

UPDATE 06/26/2011: Funeral arrangements for Olivia Constants have been made, you can get the details here.

UPDATE 02:00pm 06/24/2011: A Facebook Memorial Page has been set up commemorating the life of Olivia Constants. You can view it here.

UPDATE 11:13am 06/24/2011: The Department of Natural Resources has released the victim’s name and some details. Olivia Constants was participating in a program with the Severn Sailing Association and  was thrown overboard when the boat capsized. Her harness became entangled in the rigging and trapped her underwater for two to three minutes as an instructor tried to free her. Constants and another student were the only occupants of the boat.

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed to Eye On Annapolis that a teenage girl died this afternoon in a boating accident in the mouth of the Severn River.

Sgt. A.A. Windemuth  said that “they are investigating a fatal boating accident which occurred between 4:30pm and 5:00pm in the mouth of the Severn River.” He did confirm that it was a young female in a sailboat. He did not release any additional information, including the sailing organization, citing the ongoing investigation.

From another source, it is believed that the 15 year old girl was participating in an event with a local sailing school. (Eye On Annapolis is withholding the name of the school until we can confirm it).

The following tweet was posted to her account this morning at 11:46am. It was her second to last tweet:

The honor roll student was a rising sophomore at Broadneck High School.  More details as they become available.

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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for nearly 25 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news–and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.

John’s background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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  1. Michael says:

    We miss you Olivia and the world will mourn this tragedy forever

  2. Brook says:

    Please take down the Tweet. It doesn’t help the story in any way and I’m sure her family doesn’t want to see it either.

  3. JC says:

    Yeah, the Tweet is completely unnecessary and a little callous. My heart goes out to her family.

  4. Donna says:

    so sad to here of this accident, my prays go out the her family, and friends that she went to school with..

  5. Ashley says:

    This was horrible. Olivia went to my church and my sister was friends with her. We had even been on overnight retreats together. I also go boating on the Severn and I was going to take sailing lessons. I am very sorry to hear this. And it still feels surreal. :`(

  6. Courtney says:

    It all still feels so surreal. I know that none of us can believe that you are actually gone. Next year at school definitely won’t be the same with out you. We weren’t great friends, but hey, you had an effect on everybody. Just walking past you in the hallways could brighten up any ones day because your smile was contagious and of course, you were almost always smiling. We miss you Olivia. R.I.P You will always be loved, and never forgotten.

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