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Julia Budzinski was fatally hit by a propeller in a terrifying river tragedy on July 4th, 2 DAYS before another fatal boating accident

TWO teenage girls died in separate boating accidents over the weekend of July 4th and their respective families are mourning the tragic losses.

Julia Budzinski, the 17-year-old daughter of Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Mark Budzinski, was hit by a boat propeller while tubing in a Virginia river.

On the weekend of July 4th, two teenagers tragically died in boating accidents, including Julia Budzinski

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On the weekend of July 4th, two teenagers tragically died in boating accidents, including Julia BudzinskiPhoto credit: Getty
Madison Bradley's body was pulled from the Blind River Monday after falling into the water and not resurfacing

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Madison Bradley’s body was pulled from the Blind River Monday after falling into the water and not resurfacingPhoto credit: FUCHS 8

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources confirmed to The Sun that two children swam in a boat-drawn tube in the James River with family and friends on Saturday, July 2.

Both girls were caught in the water and fell off the tube.

According to reports, the boatman slowly turned the ship around to approach them.

A wave is said to have caused the boat to change direction.

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The boat then fell on a 17-year-old girl believed to be Budzinski when she was hit in the head by the propeller.

The boatman immediately jumped into the river to save the girl, as did another boatman passing by, the department said.

After getting the girl out of the water, they rushed to the shore for help

“Life jackets were worn, no foul play is suspected and alcohol was not a factor,” a department spokesman said in a statement.

“DWR extends its condolences to friends and family at this unimaginable time,” the statement added.

She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A vigil was held Sunday night at Glen Allen High School, where Julia was a student.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that the GAHS family is coming to terms with the (loss of) the life of a student – Julia Budzinski,” Principal Reginald Davenport wrote on Twitter.

“She was the sweetest person,” one young woman told WTVR.

“I remember when she congratulated me … it just put a smile on my face.”

Budzinski is reportedly taking time off from the team to be with his wife Monica and two other children, Josh and Lily.

Julia is her eldest child.

Tragedy of July 4th

Two days later, the body of Madison Bradley, also 17, was recovered from the Blind River, according to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries.

Madison was reported missing to agents around 5:40 p.m. Monday before being found hours later.

The girl had been a passenger on a pontoon boat with five other people, and agents said she was riding in front of the guard rail with a male passenger on the bow.

The two were thrown into the water after the boat struck a wake from a passing ship.

Agents said Madison did not resurface after severe propeller strikes, while the male passenger was able to resurface with only minor injuries.

“She had her whole life ahead of her and the world has really lost something,” Madison’s father, Mike Bradley, told Fox8Live.

According to her mother, Leigh-Ann Bradley, the family was familiar with being on the water.

“Yeah, absolutely, we had a boat on the Rigolets and we went boating all the time,” she said.

David Crowe, 33, the operator of the boat, was arrested by the LDWF for vehicular homicide, operating or driving a vessel in impaired and reckless operation of a vessel.

“Alcohol was found where impairment was found, it was taken to another location where we put a breathalyser on the 33-year-old driver,” said Sgt. Jeff Lanoux of the LDWF.

He was sent to Livingston Parish Jail and is now out on $101,000 bail.

If convicted of vehicular murder, Crowe faces fines ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 and five to 30 years in prison.

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Madison’s body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office to determine her official cause of death.

“We strongly recommend that you wear a life jacket and the operator is sober and not drinking, then take a boat operator training course,” Lanoux said.

Julia was hit by a boat propeller while tubing in the James River

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Julia was hit by a boat propeller while tubing in the James RiverPhoto credit: ABC8
The driver of the boat Madison rode on now faces multiple charges, including murder of a vehicle

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The driver of the boat Madison rode on now faces multiple charges, including murder of a vehiclePhoto credit: FUCHS 8

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