Child struck by boat at Lake Minatare

Law enforcement officials investigate a reported boating accident Monday at Lake Minatare.

A 9-year-old Colorado boy has been hospitalized with serious injuries following a boating accident Monday at Lake Minatare in Scotts Bluff County.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff and later transferred to a Denver hospital.

Witness statements indicated that the operator of a boat pulled into the boat dock to unload a group of people and load another group, according to a press release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 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.The boat operator, who is from Briggsdale, Colorado, is the grandfather of the victim.

Minatare and Melbeta Fire and Rescue, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Department and the Nebraska State Patrol responded to the scene. A Scottsbluff Fire Department dive team also assisted. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is handling the investigation.

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