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Suit: Purdue sailor hurt at Northwestern University boat race

A member of Purdue University’s sailing club is suing Northwestern University, alleging the school is responsible for an injury she suffered during a boat race last year.

Christine McKee filed the negligence lawsuit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court.

McKee was attending the Nov. 10, 2013, sailing regatta hosted by Northwestern University when a boom on one of the boats struck and injured her, she claims in the suit.

The suit claims Northwestern failed to properly supervise the regatta participants as they prepared to operate their sailboats; improperly directed regatta participants as to where to position the boats on its property; and, among other things, failed to ensure the boats were a safe distance apart.

The one-count suit seeks at least $50,000 in damages.

A representative for Northwestern would not comment on pending litigation Thursday evening.