Boat Head News Dept Says: Stonehill College student, Linsey Malia, killed in Copenhagen boating crash
A student attending Stonehill College in Massachusetts is one of two women who died when a jet ski crashed into a boat Saturday in Copenhagen.
Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts confirmed Linsey Malia, class of 2018, died in the boating crash.
The college released a statement Sunday afternoon that reads:
“The Stonehill community is deeply saddened by the loss of Linsey Malia ’18. As a peer mentor, a teaching assistant, a member of the Moreau Honors Program, a work study student within Athletics, and a volunteer with multiple campus partners. Linsey was a model student and member of the College community. We ask that the media give her family and friends space as they take time to process this tragedy and grieve.”
Jim Malia, Linsey’s uncle, who lives in Bellingham, posted on Facebook that he received a call from the US Embassy in Denmark stating she was killed in the boating accident.
“We are all heartbroken that such a beautiful life was cut short at age 21,” he wrote. “Rest In Peace Linsey. We all love you.”
Malia was one of four students who played Ace the Skyhawk, the college’s mascot, at various athletic events. She is listed as a psychology major and sociology minor
The two American students were part of DIS – Study Abroad, according to a statement from DIS posted on Facebook. The second American student who died has been identified as Leah Bell, a Louisiana native and student at California’s Pomona College.
A Facebook post by the Christ Episcopal Church in Louisiana identified Bell as the victim. She is from Covington, Louisiana.
“It is with overwhelming sadness that we write to inform you that the oldest daughter of Jeff and Liz Bell, Leah Bell, was killed in a tragic boating accident in Copenhagen yesterday during her study abroad,” the post states. “Jeff and Liz are on their way to Copenhagen and their daughter Rebecca is here with friends. Every loss is painful – and if we are human, we have or will experience such loss. But the loss of a child is particularly devastating. We ask that you please hold the Bell family in your prayers and close to your heart during this difficult time.”
DIS said seven students were boating on a personal excursion in the Copenhagen Harbor when a “high-speed jet ski” hit the boat.
“Tragically, two DIS students were killed as a result of the accident,” the statement from DIS says. “This incident is incredibly difficult. DIS is a strong community and the ties to these students involved in the accident are broad and deep. DIS is focused on individual support and counselors are available to all students.”
The five other students were released from an area hospital.
The Copenhagen Post reports the students were celebrating the end of the spring semester and authorities in Denmark have arrested nine people in connection with the crash.
Riding jet skis in the harbor is illegal, the Copenhagen Post reports. The incident remains under investigation. Some people riding the jet skis fled the scene, according to the newspaper.