Boy in Stable Condition After Boat Collision, Propeller Injury
A 12-year-old Western Washington boy is in stable condition after being seriously injured in a collision on the Columbia River Saturday.
The child and another 12-year-old boy were on a personal watercraft near the Sunland community in Grant County Saturday morning around 10:30 am.
Grant County Sheriff's Office PIO Kyle Foreman said the incident occurred when the boy operating the watercraft steered into the path of a 1980 AGC Runabout ski boat, operated by 42-year-old Alex Englund of Bow, Washington.
Foreman said, "The two vessels collided and the twelve-year-old that was operating the personal watercraft went under the boat, where he was struck by the propeller. He was taken by helicopter to Confluence Health in Wenatchee and later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle."
As of Saturday, the 12-year-old was in stable condition.
The other boy received minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Englund was not injured.
Deputies found no indication anyone involved was impaired. The case remains under investigation.
In Washington State, an individual must be at least 14 to operate a personal watercraft.