Two Children Injured in Jet Ski Accident on Lake Lanier
An 11-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl were seriously injured Friday afternoon when an inner tube they were on was hit by a Jet Ski.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is reporting that two children were injured on Lake Lanier Friday afternoon when a Jet Ski rode over the inner tube they were riding on. The accident is reported to have taken place near Van Pugh Park at the end of Gaines Ferry Road at about 3 p.m.
"Right now we have that a 38-year-old male on a personal watercraft ran over two youth being pulled behind a pontoon on a tube. Youth are a 11-year-old male and a 15-year-old female," said Melissa Cumming, spokesperson with the DNR, Wildlife Resources division. Cumming said the 11-year-old has critical injuries and was lifeflighted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The 15-year-old was also injured, though not as severely. Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell reportedly told Channel 2 Action News, however, that the girl's condition began to deteriorate and she was also transferred to a helicopter.
Cumming said the driver of the PWC was a friend of the family and knew both victims.
"We are not sure yet on charges, but alcohol was not involved," Cumming said.
This comes on the same week that Griffin, 13, and Jake Prince, 9, were laid to rest. The two boys were killed in a boating accident a little more than two weeks ago on Lake Lanier.
Authorities have not released the names of the driver of the Jet Ski or the two victims in Friday's accident.