On Thursday, July 6 at about 3 pm, New York State Police and Forest Rangers responded to a report of a child with a significant leg injury after being hit by a boat propeller on Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks.
Forest Rangers and State Police interviewed the subjects involved. The 12-year-old victim from Philadelphia was tubing when he lost his grip and fell into the water.
The operator of the boat circled to retrieve the subject, but lost a visual and hit him with the boat. After shifting the boat into neutral, the operator and passengers retrieved the subject and transported him back to the camp dock.
Witnesses heard the screams, applied a tourniquet, and transported the subject to the town dock where they were met by Raquette Lake Fire and Ambulance Service.
Herkimer County Life Flight flew the patient to the hospital. Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigator (BECI) Panipinto responded to the hospital to take statements from the victim and his mother. State Police are handling the investigation.
Raquette Lake is the source of the Raquette River. The lake has 99 miles of shoreline located in the towns of Long Lake and Arietta, both in Hamilton County. It’s popular, especially in summer, due to the scenery, wildlife, boating and hiking.
Photo: Looking north at Strawberry Island on Raquette Lake from the southwestern corner (courtesy Wikipedia use Marc Wanner).