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Missouri State Highway Patrol offers boating safety tips following death of child at Lake of the Ozarks

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:59 PM CDT
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KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. (KY3) - Many things can happen on the water, but that should not stop you from enjoying it.

“A lot of times what we see in the summer months, are either accidents, or what we consider accidents, that injuries result being thrown from a water-borne device,” said Sgt. Mike McClure, Missouri State Highway Patrol.

When it comes to propeller accidents on a boat, Sgt. McClure says they are not common, but they can happen.

“We have one or two of those a summer on any particular body of water,” said Sgt. McClure.

It could be someone who is trying to get into the boat and using the propeller as a ladder.

“Using the outboard motor as a ladder to get on, their feet slips and they get a nasty gash on their foot or their leg,” said Sgt. McClure.

The propeller cut could also be a tragic accident. He says they see this more when skiing is the activity happening.

“That person falls from whatever water born device, ski tube, inner tube, waterski, wakeboard, whatever that is, and the driver turns around to go pick them back up,” said Sgt. McClure.

He said tragic accidents like this can happen when a driver looses situational awareness about where the person is. The best way to make sure an accident like that does not happen is to shut off the motor and make sure you know where people are around you.

The incident report from Saturday shows an eight-year-old was trying to get out of the back of the boat and was hit by the propeller.

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