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Hingham teen seriously injured in boating accident

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 4, 2013 12:21 PM

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A Hingham teen suffered serious injuries after being run over by a boat in a tubing accident in Hingham waters on Monday.

Police said a preliminary investigation shows that on Monday at 3:30 p.m., the victim and his two friends, all 13-year-old Hingham teenagers, were riding on a tube being pulled by a motorboat between World's End and Hingham Yacht Club in Hingham.

A fourth 13-year-old Hingham resident was operating the boat, a 13-foot Boston Whaler that is owned by one of the teenager’s families.

The area is a designated water ski and tubing area, and as the boat and tube passed over a wake, one of the teens fell off.

Police said the boat operator turned around to pick up the teen, driving towards the tube with two teens still on it. However, the boat struck one of the teens and continued over him.

The teen suffered serious head and arm injuries, and one of the teens climbed back into the boat to help pull the victim on to the boat. The three teens immediately drove to the Hingham Yacht club for assistance.

The fourth teen remained in the water and was picked up by another boat a short time later. He was not injured.

Bystanders and officers assisted at the scene until Hingham Fire Department Paramedics arrived. The victim was transported by ambulance to South Shore Hospital where he was admitted.

Though the three teens riding on the tube were wearing personal flotation devices, the boat operator had not completed a Safe Boating Course required for those age 12-16 to operate a motorboat without being directly supervised by person 18 or older.

The course is offered each year in the spring by the Hingham Harbormaster’s Office, and the course is free and open to anyone, police said.

Police said the incident remains under investigation by the Hingham Harbormaster and the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

According to police, as of Wednesday morning, the victim was still at South Shore Hospital and was improving. No other details were available.

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