MIAMI, FL—Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission appear to be investigating a recent boating accident in which a child suffered critical injuries upon being struck by the vessel’s propeller. According to information provided by Tampa Bay Online, the injurious propeller accident occurred in Tampa’s Lake Magdalene on Oct. 22.
Reports suggested family and friends gathered at Lake Magdalene to go tubing when at approximately 6 p.m., something went horribly wrong. FWC spokesman George Wells said a boat propeller struck an 11-year-old girl’s leg as she was in the process of climbing back aboard the vessel.
Although reports did not specify what kind of injuries the child sustained in the Florida boat accident, she was reportedly transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in critical condition. It was not clear if the young victim, who remained unidentified, remains hospitalized. A full probe into the propeller injury was expected to be underway.
Statistical data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission indicated 668 boat accidents occurred during the year 2010. Those vessel accidents resulted in 79 boating deaths and 389 injuries. Statistics suggest Florida has more boating accidents than any other state in the nation.
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