A man who was hit by a boat propeller on Sunday afternoon is recovering in hospital, according to Sheriff’s Boating Division deputies.
The man, who is military and stationed in Twentynine Palms, was apparently a passenger in a boat that was anchored near Headgate Dam, just southwest of BlueWater Resort & Casino. The rocks there are a popular place to jump from into the water, and the shallow sandbar is a popular place for boats to congregate.
According to Deputy Roger Rosado, somewhere around 2-2:30 p.m. they were trying to leave the area and pull the anchor. The man jumped off while the boat motor was running, perhaps in an attempt to help release the anchor from the riverbed, and the boat came around at trolling speed over the top of his head and struck him in the face.
CRIT Police, La Paz County Sheriff, CRIT Fire, CareFlight and BlueWater Security attended as the man was brought ashore at BlueWater Resort. The man was airlifted to hospital in Palm Springs. Rosado said he had lost a lot of blood, but was apparently able to walk himself to the helicopter.
The incident highlights boating safety, and emphasizes the importance of ensuring that nobody is close to boat props while they are running, cutting the engine if anybody gets into the water around a boat. Jet boats and personal watercraft are driven by internal impellers and are not subject to the same level of scrutiny, but the incident serves as a reminder that all motorized watercraft are potentially dangerous and a high level of awareness is important.
Parker Live will update this article if we can get an update on the man’s condition.