Evansville teen rescues 16-year-old after her personal watercraft explodes


LYNNVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A 16-year-old is being treated for severe back injuries after her personal watercraft exploded while she was riding it. This happened at Lynnville Park Tuesday morning.

Indiana Conservation Officers say Harrison Raisor, 19, of Evansville, saw the explosion, and pulled the teen out of the water. Lynnville assistant fire chief Scott Whitfield said they had to rescue these stranded people.

“We were able to put the boat in at the boat ramp at the park and we took the paramedics from Warrick EMS and one conservation officer rode back there to pick the patient up,” Whitfield said.

She was flown to the hospital for her injuries.

We’re told the teen was wearing a life jacket at the time. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation- with officials questioning how the jet ski made it on to the water in the first place.

“Lynnville lake is a no wake lake. Under five mile an hour idle speed is what they’re told and jet skis aren’t allowed in there by the park rules,” Whitfield said.

This incident leaving park management to warn people about the importance of boat safety to insure this doesn’t happen again.

“Follow the rules- use common sense. Don’t consume alcohol when boating- that tends to make stupid decisions more pricey,” park manager Bill Putt said.

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