Game and Parks officials have released more information on a boating accident that seriously injured a nine year old Colorado boy Monday afternoon at Lake Minatare.
Game and Parks says the boat operator, who is from Briggsdale, Colorado, is the grandfather of the victim.
Conservation officers were notified of the accident just before 1:30 p.m. Witness statements indicated that the operator pulled into the boat dock to unload a group of people and load another group. The operator put the boat in reverse to back up from the dock when the boy fell off a paddle board and was run over by the boat.
Conservation officer Scott Brandt told KNEB News after the youth was taken to Regional West Medical Center, he was flown to a Denver hospital with significant injuries.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is investigating, with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Scottsbluff Fire and Rescue and an area dive team.
Alcohol does not appear to have played any role in this incident.