HILLSDALE CO., Michigan, (WNEM) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fatal incident in which an 11-year-old girl was hit by a boat.
The incident took place at approximately 3:00 pm Wednesday at Lake Michindo, off Bacon Road, on the east side of the lake, near the shore of the Michindo Convention Center, which operates as a Christian camp and convention center.
The names of those involved in the incident were not released until the completion of the investigation, which is ongoing.
According to the DNR, the 25-year-old rescuer from the convention center was driving a 1989 Supra Sunsport carrying 12 children on a banana boat, which is a non-motorized boat owned by the Michindoh Convention Center.
There was also a 29-year-old woman on the boat who acted as a “spotter” to supervise the children. All children are wearing life jackets and helmets.
The child was immediately taken to the pier at the convention center, where he was met by emergency personnel who treated the girls with life-threatening injuries.
Paramedics took the girl in an ambulance to the Hillsdale County Hospital. She died there from her injuries. DNR said.
Alcohol and drugs are not considered a factor, weather conditions were favorable for boating; The boat was also the only active vessel on the lake when the incident occurred, according to the DPR.
The boat operator holds a Michigan Driver Safety Certification and is cooperating with the investigation.
For more information on boating and boating safety, visit the DNR website. Web site.
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