A 13-year-old South Dakota girl was tragically killed in a boating accident on Lake Madison during the Fourth of July holiday.

Emily “Emmy” Brynn Gorman, a resident of Sioux Falls, was tubing on the lake when she was hit by a jet ski, according to a witness interviewed by KSFY.

Despite the immediate presence of a doctor and nurse, she succumbed to her injuries, the witness stated.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office informed Fox News Digital that the investigation is ongoing and no further information can be released at this time.


Lake Madison is located in Lake County, South Dakota

13-year-old Emmy Gorman loved spending summers on the waters of Lake Madison in Lake County, South Dakota. (Google Maps)

Gorman’s mother Stacy took to Facebook on Wednesday to remember her daughter.

“Words cannot express our devastation and sorrow. We lost our beautiful Emily Brynn yesterday. For all those that knew and loved Emmy, know that she was so special, so beautiful, and had the biggest heart of anyone. She cared so deeply for those she loved and for all animals,” she wrote.

“Emmy passed away at Sanford Hospital after a tragic boating accident. We were not with her during the accident, but were able to be with her when she passed. Her obituary and funeral details are still being arranged,” Gorman added. “We are unsure how we are going to get through this, but we know Emmy is in Heaven with God.”

Gorman, who had two sisters named Brooke and Molly, would have been starting eighth grade at Harrisburg’s North Middle School.