Boy in critical condition after boating accident |

Boy in critical condition after boating accident

A 15-year-old Marin County boy was in critical condition Sunday after his legs were injured in a boating accident Saturday at Donner Lake.

At 8 p.m. a boater from Reno called police reporting he had hit a child and needed immediate medical help. Truckee police and fire personnel responded to the scene and found the teen boy with severe lacerations on his legs from a boat propeller.

The boat had been towing an inner tube and stopped to collect the tube’s riders, according to eye witness reports. The driver, who is also the owner of the boat, accelerated and the teen was sucked under the boat by the propeller, according to police reports.

The boy was flown by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center’s trauma unit in Reno.

Because of the boy’s age, police are not releasing his name.

“As far as I know, he was up here visiting,” said Truckee police Lt. Randy Fenn. “It does not appear the boy was related to the boat operator.”

Fenn said he didn’t know if the teen was related to the boat’s operator, and he didn’t know if the operator was the owner of the boat.

It’s also unclear if the time of day was a factor in the incident, he said.

The accident is currently under investigation. Police are looking into whether alcohol was a factor in the incident, if the operator of the boat was distracted at the time and if proper boating safety procedures were followed, Fenn said.

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