Lake Havasu City emergency responders readied themselves at Lake Havasu State Park’s north ramp at approximately 3:40 p.m. Monday to intercept an injured 8-year-old female who suffered cuts from a boat propeller.
“The 8-year-old came off of the boat somehow and was caught in the prop,” said Battalion Chief James Whitt, of Lake Havasu City Fire Department. “She was deceased on arrival. There was nothing the (emergency medical services) agencies could do.”
The girl was with her family, including three siblings and her mother and father. All were from Cottonwood, he said.
According to an MCSO press release, after authorities determined the girl was deceased, county deputies spoke with the operator of the rented 2000 Premier Pontoon boat, a 43-year-old male. The deputies discovered the male, along with his wife and four children, had been in the Salt Basin area traveling northbound at a slow rate of speed when the 8-year-old victim, who was sitting in the bow of the boat, fell off and was struck by the propeller.
The girl was wearing a life vest.
She was transported to shore where she was pronounced dead by medics.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and accident is still under investigation.
Lake Havasu City firefighters aboard Engine 5 and Truck 1 responded alongside Whitt. Careflight medical helicopter, based in Parker, was launched and arrived nearly 15 minutes before the girl’s arrival.
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