Boy, 4, Seriously Injured When Struck By Boat Propeller On Douglas Lake

Sunday, June 30, 2019

A four-year-old child has been seriously injured after being struck by a boat propeller during a boating incident on Douglas lake Sunday afternoon.

 

TWRA Boating Enforcement Officer Chase Rich reported that around 3 p.m. Bill Thomas Wardlow Jr., 44, of Sevierville, was swimming with three children under the age of eight years old near points 12 and 13 when the wind began to separate a rented pontoon boat from them.

 

Onboard the boat, Starsha Lynn Tuley, 28, of Knoxville, started the engine and drove toward the swimmers in an attempt to pick them up when Mr. Wardlow’s four-year-old son was struck in his upper left arm and shoulder by the propeller.

 

The boy was life flighted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with serious injuries.

 

The incident is under investigation by TWRA.


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