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Corbin teen experiences close call on Lake Cumberland

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A day of fun on Lake Cumberland turned frightening for a southern Kentucky teenager and her family. She says she was riding a WaveRunner when her neck hit a rope.

It happened under a bridge at Pitman Creek in Pulaski County on Sunday. The teen was left with a noticeable neck injury, and now she's warning others at the lake to be careful.

The Corbin teenager started her senior year in high school on Tuesday with a big story to tell.

"Everybody has the same reaction," said Kelley Farley, the 17-year-old teen who was injured. "They're really kind of freaked out by it, and it really is scary. I have a lesion across my neck."

Her scar is proof of that freak accident that happened just two days ago.

"We had out there maybe 30 minutes, jumping waves, riding along side boats, just normal Sea-Doo activities," said Farley.

Farley tells us she was enjoying her last weekend before school started back on Lake Cumberland with her family. It's a scenic area with lots of bridges, something she was pointing out to her younger sister when she was clotheslined.

"I was looking this way. I didn't even see the rope," said Farley. "It got me here and then I grabbed it to try to get it off. And at that point, it snapped."

Idling at the time between two pillars under a bridge, she says she never expected for a thin, orange, nylon line to be there.

"The way the sun hit the water, there was no way to see even if it was clear or white or anything like that," said Farley.

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife say they investigated the incident and don't find it suspicious. For now, they've chalked it up to being a trotline carelessly left behind by a fisherman.

"My head could have completely been taken off by this rope," said Farley.

That's what this teen and her family want to warn people of.

"I'm glad that I'm still here. I could've been gone," said Farley.

Fish and Wildlife officials tell us they are regulating Lake Cumberland, keeping an eye out for lines such as this one. For now, they say it does not appear the line was purposely placed there to harm someone.

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