Indiana conservation officers are investigating an accident that hurt an 11-year-old girl Thursday while she was tubing on Dewart Lake in Kosciusko County.
Officers with Indiana Department of Natural Resources were called to the lake at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a New Paris girl was struck by a personal watercraft, a DNR spokesman said in a written statement. The girl apparently was riding on an inner tube when a 10-year old boy approached on a watercraft at about 30 mph, the statement said. The boy was unable to stop the watercraft in time and hit the tube, knocking the girl into the water, the statement said.
The girl had a bruised shoulder and was treated at the scene by medics. DNR officers issued a ticket to the boy's grandmother, who was looking after him at the time, for permitting unlawful operation of the watercraft.
To operate a watercraft with more than 10 horsepower, Indiana law requires a person to have a valid driver's license or be 15 years old and complete a boater's education course.