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Indiana Boater Seriously Injured

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Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boat accident that sent a 68 year old Bedford man to the hospital with significant propeller trauma to both legs. Officials say the victim was boating with his 44 year old son at Monroe Reservoir when he attempted a left turn. For an unknown reason the boat cut hard to the left, causing the victim to be ejected from the boat. The victim was then struck by the rear of the boat, causing propeller strikes to both legs and his right arm. The son was able to stop the boat and rescue his father from the water before receiving assistance from fellow boaters to get back to the ramp. Neither man was wearing a life jacket on the boat.
The victim was transported by ambulance to IU Health Hospital in Bloomington before being flown to Methodist Hospital.
As more Hoosiers take to the water this summer, Indiana Conservation Officers encourage all boaters to follow recommended safe boating practices. This includes utilizing an engine kill switch cord. This is a small cord that runs from the ignition and is meant to be attached to the operator. In the event that the operator is ejected from the boat, the engine is immediately stopped, keeping the boat from running over the operator or crashing, unmanned, into shore. Although it cannot prevent all boating accidents, conservation officers say this small device, when worn properly, can prevent injury similar to what this victim sustained.
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