Two people injured by boat prop on the Reservoir: Update


Updated: 11:10 p.m.

A boy and his relative are recovering in the hospital Labor Day night after suffering from their boat propeller hitting them while out on the reservoir. 

Police are now reminding everyone to use caution while boating on the water.

The incident happened in the late afternoon drawing many reservoir police and Rankin County first responders to this boat ramp across the parking lot from Shaggy’s when a family Labor Day boat trip took a hazardous turn. 

It was a typical boat outing for this family on the reservoir until a young boy ended up in the water hit by the propeller. 

“Approximately 4:03 p.m. we received a call about boaters in distress,” Lt. Trevell Dixon of Reservoir Police told us.  “When we got on scene there was juvenile that had been in the water. There was a male subject that tried to recover the juvenile and bring him back in the boat but sustained injuries.”

A family member off camera told us the man was the grandfather of the boy who fell in and suffered a bad cut to his lower leg. Thankfully wasn’t fatal for either victim. 

“The juvenile also sustained minor injuries, but is expected to make full recovery,” Lt. Dixon continued. “At this time we’re not seeing any indications of foul play at this moment so we’re treating it like an accident right now.”

This comes at the end of a popular boating weekend and officers are cautioning the public to watch their surroundings. 

“As you can see right now the winds picked up causing the water to be choppy,” Lt. Dixon said. “It does change the whole environment of the water, so it’s definitely to be safe when out here boring in these conditions.”

The two are being treated at UMMC where their current conditions are unknown, as police dig deeper into what could have gone wrong. 

Police do not have any evidence that reckless boating or drinking was involved to cause this.

Reservoir Police say emergency medical responders transported one person to UMMC. We are not certain what condition either of the victims is in.

Emergency crews are still on the scene interviewing the family. 12 News has a crew on location. We will update you with information as soon as it comes available.

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