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Boater seriously injured by propeller at Pyramid Lake

Posted: July 28, 2013 2:13 p.m.
Updated: July 28, 2013 2:13 p.m.

A man was seriously injured on Sunday morning when he was caught up in a boat propeller at Pyramid Lake. Photo by Jim Holt/The Signal

A 28-year-old man was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries Sunday after he was “eviscerated” by a boat propeller while trying to untangle caught fishing line, a sheriff’s officials said.

About 10:30 a.m. Sunday, deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Parks Bureau responded to reports of an injured boater near Chumash Island on Pyramid Lake, said Deputy Tim Stanley.

“A 28-year-old man was cut by the propeller of a boat and he suffered a 12-inch laceration across his abdomen,” Stanley said, describing the injury by touching his waist and drawing a line to his belly button.

He also suffered a serious 4-inch cut to his left arm in which the tendons were exposed, he said.

“It’s serious,” said Sgt. Roger Wallace of the Parks Bureau office at Pyramid Lake.

The man got some fishing line tangled up in the propeller, Stanley said, and and went into the water to get the fishing line off of it.

While he was untangling the line the boat started floating toward some rocks near Chumash Island, Stanley said.

The man warned people still on the boat — a 21-foot open bow runabout — that the craft was moving toward the rocks.

At that point, somebody turned on the boat’s motor and put the boat in reverse.

“The propeller eviscerated the man,” Stanley said, meaning the laceration caused by the propeller was deep enough to cause some of the man’s insides to push out of the wound.

The injured man never lost consciousness and managed to climb on board the boat, he said.

Deputies contained the man’s injury and placed him on a backboard.

At 11:10 a.m., paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department airlifted the man to the hospital, said Inspector Al Jackson.

The man’s family members who were onboard the boat at the time of the incident were reported to be with him Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.


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