For many Oklahomans, Memorial Day weekend is an opportunity to enjoy outdoor water activities, but the sheer number of boaters often can lead to accidents.
This was the case Monday when, according to KOCO News, a 14-year-old Oklahoma teen was struck and injured by a boat on Arcadia Lake.
Reports indicate that the teen was being towed on an inner tube behind a boat owned by a family member. The boy was tossed off the tube and into the water, prompting the boat to circle back; however, the boat accidentally struck the boy in the process.
The teen suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted to a local hospital for treatment. He remains there in serious condition after being upgraded from critical condition earlier today.
Earlier in the weekend, a 27-year-old man drowned on Lake Thunderbird. Police say that the accident occurred this past Saturday around 3:30 p.m. when friends noticed the man had gone missing while he was swimming. They searched for around an hour before calling for help, and the body of the victim was discovered around 6:30 p.m.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say that the best way to avoid an Oklahoma Boat Accident is to wear a life preserver at all times when you’re on the water. Also, only swim in designated areas on bodies of water where motorized boats aren’t allowed.