Woman falls off pontoon boat and hit by prop, Panhandle authorities say
DESTIN, Fla. (WWSB) - A woman was severely injured Tuesday when she fell off a pontoon boat and was hit by the propeller, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said.
The 22-year old tourist suffered multiple deep lacerations to her arm, deputies said. She was apparently bow-riding on the pontoon boat, with her feet in the water, when a wave knocked her overboard and under the boat, where she was struck by the propeller.
It happened near Destin, in the intracoastal waterway west of Crab Island, a popular sandbar anchoring spot for pleasure boaters.
Sheriff’s office marine units arrived and applied a tourniquet for the severe bleeding, helping with her treatment until EMS arrived to take over her care.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating.
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