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Child airlifted after wakeboarding incident on Lake Freeman

A 5-year-old was airlifted Monday after a wakeboarding incident on Lake Freeman, according to the DNR.

Posted: Jul 9, 2019 5:31 AM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 10:34 AM

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) — A 5-year-old was airlifted Monday after a wakeboarding incident on Lake Freeman, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Around 11:30 a.m., conservation officers said the child's wakeboard became submerged under the water. The board then flipped out of the water and hit the child in the face. The DNR said the child sustained a severe laceration to his face.

First responders took the child to IU Health White Memorial Hospital. They were then flown to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

The DNR said neither alcohol consumption, or other violations are believed to be factors.

UPDATE AS OF 7/12/2019:

Officer Ryan McCauley with the DNR told News 18 the child is in stable condition and has been released from the hospital. He said the girl's injuries were non-life threatening. According to McCauley, the main reason she was flown to Riley Hospital for Children was because she was so young and the laceration was severe.

"It's just one of those unfortunate things that can happen on the water," he said.

McCauley stressed the importance of wearing lifejackets on the water, especially younger children. He said if small children are going to participate in water sports, boats should not be driven at high speeds or operated in manners that the children cannot handle. 

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