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Boy dies after being hit by Jet Ski
10-year-old was visiting Dawson County from McLean, Va.
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A 10-year-old boy died Wednesday evening after being hit by a Jet Ski on Lake Lanier.

Dawson County Emergency Services responded to a call at a residence on Stone Cliff Cove Drive off of Nix Bridge Road at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday following a report that a juvenile had been hit by a personal watercraft while on the lake.

Emergency personnel said the child, whose name has not been released, was in and out of consciousness when they arrived about 8 minutes after the call was dispatched.

“He had a large bump in the middle of his forehead, which was the only obvious injury we saw when we arrived,” said

Dawson County Emergency Services Battalion Chief Milton Keller.

Keller said the victim and his brother, both from McLean, Va., were riding separate Jet Skis when the accident occurred.

According to Keller, the boys were in town with family visiting friends.

“From my understanding, they were both riding Jet Skis and the child got ran over by the other Jet Ski,” Keller said.

An adult and several other children on a boat dock saw the collision occur and were able to pull the child out of the water, according to Keller.

“Then they were able to get him up to the house, but he was in and out of consciousness,” Keller said.

The child was airlifted to Scottish Rite Hospital where he died from what Keller called “blood loss from internal injuries.”

The Department of Natural Resources is investigating the accident.

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