A woman was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Monday with a major back injury after an accident on an inner tube, according to Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell.
Few details were available as officials investigated, but Mark Padgett of the Department of Natural Resources said it appeared the woman’s tube hit a wake.
A DNR spokeswoman said that 31-year-old Angie Jenkins of Woodstock was thrown into the wake of another boat as the boat pulling her made a sharp turn.
Jenkins was being pulled at about 25 to 30 miles per hour at the time of the accident, said Liz Starkey, a communications manager for DNR.
“Some of (those wakes) can be a couple of feet high and the water’s pretty hard when you hit it at a speed,” Padgett said.
Monday’s accident was the second one involving a tuber on Lake Lanier in three days.
On Saturday, an 11-year-old boy was flown to an Atlanta hospital after his leg hit a propeller. Padgett said the boy’s leg likely slipped through steps in a boat ladder as he tried to climb back in a boat after tubing.
The boy was said to be recovering Monday.
Monday’s incident happened at about 1:45 p.m. A Forsyth County rescue boat was the first to respond, transporting Jenkins to Sunrise Cove marina in Hall County. From there, Jenkins was flown to Grady, where hospital officials said she was stable.