UPDATE: Two injured in boating accident

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
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UPDATED 4:00 p.m.:

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Two men continue to recover following a boating accident in Johnson County.

It happened Monday night on Paintsville Lake.

Officials say they got the call about 7:00 p.m., and they say by the time they got there the men had been in the water for at least 30 minutes.

"They yelled for help and it was a few minutes before a nearby boat came close enough to hear them and render some aid," said Jeff Helton, Johnson County Rescue Squad Chief.

They are still investigating the accident, but they think they know what caused it.

"Possibly striking a log underneath the water is what more or less caused the accident," said Conservation Officer Jim Marshall.

They say the men were injured by the props on the boat, one on the arm and one on the leg, but they were both conscious and alert.

"Please wear your life jackets and please use your kill switches. It's very important," said Marshall.

Both men were flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington. One of them was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

This was the first water rescue for the Johnson County Rescue Squad's Tactical Rescue Team.

They say the two men are very lucky their injuries were not any worse.

Officials are not releasing their names at this time.



JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Two men are seriously injured after a boating accident on Paintsville Lake.

It happened around 7:00 Monday night.

Officials with the Johnson County Rescue Squad tell Mountain News the accident threw both of the men overboard in the McKenzie Branch area.

Both of the men were airlifted to a Huntington hospital.

Their names have not been released.

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