Boat Collision Sends 11 to the Hospital

By Susy Solis
|  Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010  |  Updated 10:28 AM CDT
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11 taken to area hospitals after 2 boats collide.

Susy Solis, NBCDFW.com

11 taken to area hospitals after 2 boats collide.

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Two boats collided on Lake Lewisville just after noon on Sunday sending all but one passenger to area hospitals. Game Warden Lydia Saldana of Texas Parks & Wildlife said a group of 12 people rented two boats from a company in The Colony. Each boat had two adults and four children and the boats crashed for unknown reasons.

Amy Jenkins was putting fuel into her boat at Lakeview Marina when she heard a man yelling. A good Samaritan witnessed the accident and brought some of the victims to safety.  Jenkins helped pull an adult male, a teenager and a 4 1/2 year old boy from the boat driven by the rescuer.

She said, she tried to comfort the little boy, who was crying for this mom and dad. "He had just big lumps and then he had scrape marks on the side of his head and scratches down his back, " she said. "He kept crying that he wanted to go to sleep."

Jenkins said she kept the little boy awake by making him count and tell her the alphabet. "Just to keep him awake," she said. "It was scary."

A second boat , driven by emergency responders, carrying more victims followed. "Blood everywhere, gashes on their head. They were talking about potential broken bones," Jenkins said.

Three patients were taken to hospitals by Careflite helicopter. The most serious injury was a 10-year-old boy, who sustained a severe head injury and had to undergo surgery at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. One adult patient was taken by Careflite to Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Another boy sustained a broken leg. Saldana said the other victim's sustained mostly minor injuries, including bruises and cuts. The patient's identities were not released. Texas Game wardens pulled one boat out of the water and the other one sank. The boat that sank was recovered Monday.

Game Warden's are investigating whether a 12-year-old boy may have been driving one of the boats during the T-bone collision. All of the victims were wearing their life jackets.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman Mike Cox says it is not illegal for a child to operate a boat, as long as an adult is on board. The department is also seeking witnesses to the accident.

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