Note: A previous article said the accident only involved one boat, but when News Channel 11 asked TWRA to clarify, a spokesperson told us it involved two boats.
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WJHL) — A TWRA spokesperson has provided additional details about a boating accident that injured two teenage girls Saturday afternoon on Douglas Lake.
According to TWRA, the accident happened around 2:25 p.m. when six girls were riding on an intertube and four of them fell. The boat continued to pull the other two down the tube while the four that fell were in the water.
TWRA says there was a second pontoon boat that was rented by the same group following behind who didn’t see the girls in the water. According to a spokesperson, they tried to get the boat operator’s attention and swam to the side to avoid being hit.
It was then that two of the girls, aged 16 and 17, were struck by the boat, causing “serious lacerations”.
The girls were picked up by the boats they were in and taken to Smokey Mountain H2O, where the boats were rented, and given medical attention. The girls were then airlifted to UT Medical Center for further treatment.
TWRA says the 17-year-old could be released on Monday, but the 16-year-old will remain hospitalized for a while to undergo further surgery to repair the “serious” propeller injuries to her forearm superior.