Woman sustains serious injury while boating at Gunlock State Park

ST. GEORGE — A 26-year-old woman was flown to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries in a boating incident at Gunlock State Park Saturday evening.

Medical personnel respond to treat a woman who was injured while boating at Gunlock State Park, Washington County, Utah, July 15, 2017 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

At approximately 7:20 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the incident involving a single motorboat.

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Witnesses at the scene called 911 after they were flagged down for help as the boaters pulled into the reservoir’s loading ramp.

The witnesses said the woman was wakeboarding when the boat’s driver mistakenly reversed the watercraft.

A person with medical training was with the boaters when the injury occurred and applied a tourniquet to the patient to help control bleeding.

Medical personnel from Santa Clara Fire Department and Ivins Fire and Rescue arrived shortly after to administer additional treatment.

A woman is airlifted to the hospital after being injured while boating at Gunlock State Park, Washington County, Utah, July 15, 2017 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

“She has lacerations up through her leg and abdomen,” Gunlock State Park manager Laura Melling said, noting that the boat’s propeller was the source of the patient’s injuries.

The injuries were serious but not life-threatening, Melling said.

The woman was airlifted to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by Mercy Air to undergo surgery.

Deputies from Washington County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the incident.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by witnesses and emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Caveat_Emptor July 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Not sure of the circumstances, but we have to wonder how well trained the boat’s driver had been.
    Priority #1 – keep people in the water at a safe distance, Priority #2 – keep ropes away from the propeller.
    While a few regulations apply to operating watercraft, and voluntary training does occur, you have to wonder if licenses to operate motorized watercraft would improve safety……..

  • .... July 17, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Oh geez whats next operator permits for skateboarding

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