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National Park Service Dispatch received a call on July 23, 2014 reporting that a twelve-year old female from Israel was struck by a boat propeller and sustained a severe lower leg injury. The injury occurred on Lake Powell when she was ejected from the back of a moving powerboat while holding an inflatable inner tube. National Park Service medical personnel, Coconino County Sheriffs Deputies and Classic Aviation responded to the Wahweap main launch ramp and she was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center for additional care. The incident is currently under investigation by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.
The National Park Service and Coconino County would like to remind all boaters to be aware of rising temperatures, changing weather and lake conditions, and fatigue which can all contribute to accidents and injuries in on Lake Powell.