Girl, 8, Dies in Indiana After Boat’s Propeller Strikes Her

July 30, 2019 Updated: July 30, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana—State conservation officers say an 8-year-old girl has died after being struck by a boat’s propeller in southern Indiana’s Monroe Lake.

The Department of Natural Resources’ law enforcement division says the girl was pronounced dead at a Bloomington hospital Sunday evening, July 28.

“She suffered injuries to her chest, abdomen and lower extremities after being struck by the propeller of a boat,” according to WTHR.

WRTV-TV reports that the Monroe County coroner has identified her as Callee Crones-Arias of Martinsville.

Conservation officers say the girl was boating with her father and friends on the lake southeast of Bloomington when she was fatally injured.

She was wearing a life jacket when she was struck by the propeller.

WIBC reported that an autopsy is scheduled on Tuesday in Terre Haute.

The accident remains under investigation and authorities say additional details will be released as they become available.

Sunday’s accident was the first fatal boating accident at Lake Monroe this year.

There have been 171 boating accidents nationwide in the U.S. in 2016, in which only one person was hit by a propeller, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

In 2017, a 12-year-old boy was killed in a boating accident in Long Island, New York, after he was hit in the head by a boat propeller, officials said.

The boy was among three children who were getting a lesson at the Centerport Yacht Club on escaping a capsized sailboat, NBC New York reported.

As the boat headed back to the dock, it accelerated and turned, hitting a wave, police said. Weiss then fell backward and was killed by the propeller.

The Associated Press, Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips, and NTD staff contributed to this report.

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