MONTICELLO —A young child was injured Monday morning while enjoying boating-related activities on Lake Freeman, according to the Indiana Department of Resources.
DNR officials said a 5-year-old child was wakeboarding around 11:30 a.m. Monday when the front of the board became submerged underwater. Officials said the board flipped out of the water and struck the child in the face.
Wakeboarding is a water sport in which the rider stands on a short board with foot bindings, much like a snowboard, while being towed behind a boat across its wake. More experienced wakeboarders are able to do this while performing aerial maneuvers and other stunts.
The child sustained a “severe laceration to the face” and was transported to Indiana University Health White Memorial Hospital, then flown via helicopter to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for further treatment. The child’s name and condition were not released.
DNR officials said neither alcohol or other violations are believed to be factors in the accident.
Increased activity on area waterways rises between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which also elevates the likelihood of reported boating and lake incidents.