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DNR investigating boating accident that hurt teen

Injury to 16-year-old girl is not critical

POSTED: July 22, 2013 11:51 a.m.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is investigating a boating accident on the Gwinnett County side of Lake Lanier involving a teenage girl suffering a 16-inch cut to her left thigh.

The 16-year-old, whose name was not available, was climbing into a boat from the stern Sunday when she fell and suffered the injury, which was caused by a propeller, DNR spokesman David G. Allen said this morning.

“The vessel was running but was in neutral,” Allen said.

A Hall County Fire Services marine rescue unit responded to the scene. The accident took place about 4 p.m. close to the East Bank boat ramp near Buford Dam.

“We controlled the bleeding, loaded (the victim) onto a backboard and transported (her) to Gwinnett County Fire for (further) transport,” Hall Fire Chief David Kimbrell said Monday.

The handoff to Gwinnett County took place at East Bank. The girl then was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville.

Allen said he’s “not sure if the girl has been released from the hospital or not, but it’s not a critical injury and she should recover just fine.”

The DNR investigation should be wrapped up later today, he added.


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