Father offers warning after fatal wakeboarding accident

WAKE COUNTY Mark White says his 22-year-old daughter, Grace White, dead after suffering from a serious head trauma in a wakeboarding accident.

He says he got the call no parent ever wants to hear on Wednesday that his daughter Grace --who his family calls Gracie-- died while wakeboarding behind a boat full of her friends on Harris Lake in Wake County.

"You're going at high speeds ... one part of your body is pulled in one direction, the other part the upper body is pulled in the other direction and you slam into the water and it killed our daughter, it killed our daughter instantly," White said. "No idea, it's magic out on the water ... you just fall down six feet right into the water how could that hurt you, well that's not the case," White said.

Grace White had no broken bones and no visible injuries, but died when her head hit the water at a high speed.

"I didn't know how severe the injury was, but I thought, 'Well she must've hit some dock or some obstacle,'" White said. "She didn't at all, she hit the water."

White says after Grace's accident, his family heard from many friends who had suffered similar injuries while wakeboarding.

"They need to be very careful about their children and the older children need to be make sure they have helmets or whatever's necessary," White said.

Grace White was a recent NC State graduate who had just received an internship to teach English in the Galapagos Islands.

To read more about Grace White visit the Facebook page set up in her memory.

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