TOWN OF LINN — A girl from out of town is recovering from injuries suffered when she was struck by a boat propeller on Geneva Lake, officials said.
The Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Agency said Alejandro Jurado, 44, of Roselle, Illinois, was driving a rental boat on the afternoon of Sept. 2 when the incident occurred.
Jurado’s 12-year-old daughter was riding on a tube that was attached to the back of the boat, police said.
Around 3:13 p.m. near pier 154 in the town of Linn, Jurado made an abrupt turn to avoid two oncoming crafts, and his daughter then made contact with his boat’s propeller.
The police report indicated that the girl, whose name is being withheld by police, suffered severe lacerations to the left shoulder, right arm, and left leg.
Ted Pankau, director of Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol, said the girl suffered additional injuries to the torso.
Pankau said the has victim responded well to medical treatment since the incident.
“She is expected to recover,” Pankau said. “But she’ll have quite a long road ahead of her in terms of physical therapy and surgery.”
Tom Hausner, commander of the Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Agency, said the accident could have been fatal.
Responding to assist the law enforcement agency were the Water Safety Patrol, the town of Linn Fire Department and the Lake Geneva Fire Department.
“The lifesaving efforts of Water Safety Patrol rescue and Geneva Lake officers saved her life,” Hausner said. “Because they utilized our tourniquets and our QuikClot to stop the bleeding.”
Pankau said a helicopter was called for medical evacuation, but a lightning storm barred any opportunity for air transportation. The victim was driven to a Milwaukee hospital.
by a Lake Geneva ambulance, where she was admitted to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Officials said they were withholding the girl’s name because of her age.