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Small group of islanders protest for the release of tour guide involved in tragic boat accident

The San Pedro Police continue investigating a boating accident in which an American teenage tourist lost her life. As per a report, the deceased, a 17-year-old female student from Oklahoma, USA, Logan Ceylon Pratt, was run over by a boat captained by tour guide Jesse Smith, 30, on Tuesday, February 14th. Smith was detained as the investigation continues. However, many of his friends and supporters protested in front of the police station on Wednesday, demanding Smith's release and saying he was not at fault and should not be charged.

One person among the gathering held a placard with the words 'Free the General Jesse Smith.' Many present are part of the local football team, Terror Squad, that Smith plays with. Speaking with some protesters, they shared that it was a tragic accident, but Smith should not be charged as it was not his fault. They noted Pratt should have avoided the area where she and her mother were swimming. In any case, they should have taken a kayak or buoy to signal boats to their location. The place where they were swimming is considered an active boat lane, and when the sea is choppy, it isn't easy to see anyone in the water. The protesters planned to stay outside the police station across Pescador Drive, but police quickly asked the group to break up the gathering. The group remained there for additional minutes and then left but said they would return.

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