Water tubing, where an inflatable or rubber float is towed behind a boat can be a fun way to spend a day on the lake. However, it can also be dangerous. According to the National Institutes of Health, between 1991 and 2009, 69,471 injuries relating to the sport were treated in emergency departments across the country. Over that time period, water tubing incidents increased by approximately 250%. This equates to approximately 65 injuries per day that are treated over the summer months alone. The most common injuries are sprains and strains, accounting for 27% of all injuries.
The Union Recorder reports that a girl was critically injured in a water tubing accident on Lake Sinclair.
The incident occurred on Sunday on Lake Sinclair in an area known as The Junction.
An 11-year-old Tattnall County girl was onboard a boating tube being towed behind a pontoon when it was struck by another boat.
She was caught beneath the boat and struck by the propeller. The girl suffered from multiple lacerations and broken bones in her right leg. She was first flown by helicopter to a Macon hospital and then transferred to an Atlanta hospital.
The two pontoons involved in the accident were boating in an area known as The Junction, which is the main hub of the lake. It is just east of Highway 441 at the mouths of the Oconee River and the Little River.
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