A recent boating accident in Pollock Pines nearly cost one woman her life. The family had been out boating on Jenkinson Lake, playing in the water, tubing, and just having fun. The weather started to change with the winds picking up and looking like rain. The tube was tied down to the side on the aft end of the boat and the loose line was on the floor. The woman was seated in the back with her feet on top of the loose line. A gust of wind picked up the tube and the woman was violently yanked out of the boat. The next thing she remembered was coming up out of the water and her foot was just dangling on the end of her leg. The line had wrapped around her leg and amputated her foot. Her husband tied a tourniquet above the injury and a nearby observer, called 911. Fast thinking and immediate medical attention saved her life.
Many years ago when I still water skied, I remember being in the water behind the boat and another skier fell just in front and to the left of our tow boat. The boat operator in trying to return to his skier whipped around me at speed still pulling the tow rope. Luckily, I noticed and saw the line coming and was able to lift my legs up out of the water just as the line passed under me. I don’t think I have ever been so scared and angry in the water before or since that incident. The boat operator who almost caused a life threating accident had no clue what he had done. We tried to catch him and explain so he wouldn’t make that mistake again, but he just kept on going after he got his skier back up.
There are many dangers while in the water, playing with towables, or just riding on a jet ski. Common sense says to pay attention and see more than what is just in front of us. Practice safe boating and stay alert and you just might prevent an accident.