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dfriverside 06-13-2020 07:05 PM

Lake Sinclair accident
 
Took me some time to decide if this is appropriate. But hopefully it will prevent similar accidents. I wasn't there or have not seen police report so I will not speculate exactly what happened. What I know was on 5/30 at Lake Sinclair in middle GA three kids were being towed on a tube. Somehow the tube was ran over by a tri toon boat. Two of the kids managed to get off and mostly out of the way with no injuries. The third was an 11 year old girl from my hometown.
The girl was ran completely over by the boat and sustained multiple injuries. Was life flighted to Atlanta children's hospital. She has had multiple surgeries to repair broken bones and nerve damage. An artery was also severed in her leg. She is going to have a long recovery.
I am writing this for multiple reasons. She is a classmate of my 11 year old daughter. She is also an avid softball player like my daughter. We were at the coast tubing on the same day when we got the news. It struck very close to home. Our community was deeply affected by this.
One thing I wanted to do was increase everyone's awareness when you are on the water. There seems to be more boats on the water this spring than ever. It only take a lapse of attention for a second to cause untold harm to yourself or others. Please stay vigilant. Have to look out for yourselves and other less attentive boaters.
There is a go fund me page called Tylee's recovery. She is in for at least a month in the hospital and years in follow up. This will be very difficult for the family. If this request for them is appropriate hopefully members here will step up to help.




Lone Ranger 06-14-2020 03:47 AM

Sorry to hear this..She will be in My Prayers.

horsepen40 06-14-2020 04:48 AM

So sorry to hear this. And hard to believe that it doesn’t happen more often.
And as for your comment about more boats out than usual, I’ve noticed the same thing on Lake Lanier. Living on the lake with a boathouse out back I would try to stay off the lake on weekends and holidays. But this year, even on weekdays there is very heavy traffic. I attribute it to people who are out of work or are working from home due to COVID-19.

Fishman39 06-14-2020 05:00 AM

I'm sorry that the little girl has to go through this. Having a blast and in a split second life changes for many. I have 3 daughters myself and we spent alot of time at our local lake. I quit tubing and skiing and weekends. I was always nervous when the girls were back there. People don't pay attention and then you throw in some alcohol and loud music and it's a recipe for disaster. Every single boat ramp in texas is full. More than I have ever seen. Boaters are everywhere.

Drew46 06-14-2020 05:09 AM

Also keep in mind that - at least up here in the Northeast, lots of summer camps and trips have been cancelled and we have seen a huge spike in new and used boat sales to people who are looking for a summer activity. My "marina" had 4 used boats for sale when they opened their doors in late April and sold all 4 for asking price in one week. People are trying to pay a premium to buy a spot - there are none. And this is a small place on a smallish lake in southern VT. One guy came by and said that camp was cancelled for his 3 kids so he had $40K is camp costs sitting in his pocket and thought he would buy a boat so he could have fun with the kids this summer.

Purpose of this story - if there is one - is that is safe to assume a higher percentage of less experienced boaters out there right now. Probably more so on the local lakes. Even if none of them are idiots and every one of them has taken a safety course and means the best, there is no substitute for experience. The very best of us - even Mystery - started fresh and learned along the way. So I plan on giving everyone even more space than usual, keeping my "frustrating trigger" dialed down and hoping to help where I can. If nothing else, it should improve my enjoyment and keep my crew a bit safer.

Chummy26 06-14-2020 07:07 AM

I hated to hear about this. I don't know what it is about Sinclair. Unfortunately instances like this are all too common up there. It's usually boats running into other boats at night though. I was anchored in front of the dam last Saturday night and had a boat fly by with no lights on at 2am. No lights. There was a hundred boats on the south end that day until well after dark. I agree with there being a high influx of new boater out this year. On all bodies of water.
I pray she makes a full recovery.


joelgr 09-03-2020 08:05 AM

Oh, I'm so sorry to read this. It's a terrible summer and a terrible year. How is she? I hope that everything is ok and she enjoys the new school year.

seaGreg 09-14-2020 09:47 PM


Originally Posted by Chummy26 (Post 13753743)
I hated to hear about this. I don't know what it is about Sinclair. Unfortunately instances like this are all too common up there. It's usually boats running into other boats at night though. I was anchored in front of the dam last Saturday night and had a boat fly by with no lights on at 2am. No lights. There was a hundred boats on the south end that day until well after dark. I agree with there being a high influx of new boater out this year. On all bodies of water.
I pray she makes a full recovery.

Terrible. These facts make me think about selling my boat.

Prostarmke 09-15-2020 08:44 AM

So sad to read this. Stay safe out there.


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