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45-Year-Old Woman Dead After Jet Ski Accident

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McCormick County, SC - What seemed like the picture perfect morning for a day on the lake quickly turned deadly for a group of friends.

Lisa Gepfert was riding a WaveRunner on Lake Thurmond when she lost control of the vehicle.

"We heard somebody yelling, I think she's dead, I think she's dead, so we knew something bad had happened, and we started seeing some emergency vehicles showing up," said witness Bobby Wright.

Wright was on the dock across the cove from where she crashed.

"We saw a jet ski coming in, and didn't think anything about it, and then soon after we heard a bunch of loud voices, sounded like some people in distress, not a person that was in distress, but some people that had seen somebody in distress, said Wright.

A friend of the victim said he found Gepfert face down in the water, and then called for help.

After recovering her body, police learned she had suffered blunt force trauma to the chest after hitting a tree on the bank.
 
"A lot of people up here, you see a lot of boats and jet skis, a lot of people having a good time, and unfortunately it sounds like this lady lost control or did something that led to her death," said Wright.

Authorities are not sure if alcohol played in a role in the woman's death, and are still investigating the crash.

**Updated at 6:14PM on June 8th, 2014**


A 45-year-old woman is dead after a jet ski accident in McCormick County, South Carolina. The McCormick County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened in the water near Beauregard Drive.

The McCormick County Coroner tells News Channel 6 that Lisa Gepfert of McCormick County died from blunt force trauma to the chest after running into a tree while jet skiing on Lake Thurmond.

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