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Boat Propeller Injures Twelve-Year Old Girl

July 28
15:19 2014

Propeller SafetyThe National Park Service reports an injury accident on Lake Powell which involved a twelve-year old girl. NPS reports the girl, who is from Israel, was struck by a boat propeller and sustained a severe lower leg injury. The injury occurred on July 23, 2014 on Lake Powell. The girl was reportedly 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 and no additional information was released.

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.

Safety Tips

The following Propeller Safety Tips are offered by BoatSafe.com:

  1. Wear your engine cut-off switch lanyard and your life jacket at ALL times. If the lanyard is removed from the switch, the engine will shut off.
  2. Assign a passenger to keep watch around the propeller area of your boat when people are in the water.
  3. Consider purchasing propeller safety devices for your boat.

Safety Tips

  • Before starting your engine, walk to the stern and look in the water to make certain there is no one near your propeller (people near the propeller may not be visible from the helm).
  • Never allow passengers to board or exit your boat from the water when engine(s) are running – even at idle and in neutral your propeller may continue to spin.
  • Educate passengers about the location and danger of the propeller(s).
  • Call attention to and discuss any propeller waning labels around your boat.
  • Be especially alert when operating in congested areas and never enter swimming zones.
  • Take extra precautions near boats that are towing skiers or tubers.
  • Never permit passengers to ride on the bow, gunwale, transom, seat backs, or other locations where they might fall overboard.
  • Children should be watched carefully while onboard.
  • Establish clear rules for swim platform use, boarding ladders, and seating (if possible, passengers should remain seated at all times).
  • If someone falls overboard, STOP! Then slowly turn the boat around, and keep the person in sight as you approach. Assign a passenger to continuously monitor the person in the water. Turn your engine off FIRST and then bring the person to safety.
  • NEVER reverse your boat to pick someone up out of the water. If necessary, go around again.

Safety Devices

A variety of safety devices are available to help prevent propeller strikes:

  • Wireless cut off switches
  • Propeller guards
  • Ringed propellers
  • Propulsion alternatives (jet drive)
  • Interlocks
  • Sensors
  • Anti-feedback steering

More Safety Tips at Boating on Lake Powell, Safety Rules

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