2 Men Hurt in a Monday Boating Accident on Paintsville Lake
At around 7 pm MOnday evening, 911 dispatch received a call from boater on the Paintsville Lake saying they found 2 men seriously injured and in the water on the Paintsville Lake. Dispatch toned out the Johnson Co. Rescue Squad, Flat Gap VFD and EMS to the area of McKenzie Branch on the Lake. When emergency crews arrived on scene they found that the two me had severe cuts from the prop of their boat and where badly bleeding, but concious. The men told rescuers that they where thrown from their boat about 6 pm and had treaded water for nearly an hour before someone heard their cries for help.After emergency crews tended to the men at the scene, the Johnson Co. Rescue Squad ttraansported the 2 men, by boat, to the main Paintsville Lake dock where a Landing Zone had been set up to fly the men to a Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. The men's identity has not been released at this time, nor the cause of the accident. According to Johnson Co. Rescue Squad Chief Jeff Helton, he said the injuries where very severe, but could not elaborate on what type of injuries either of the 2 men suffered. Helton also added that each crew memeber from his squad as well as those who responded from the Flat Gap V.F.D. Paintsville E.M.S. and Kentucky Fish & Wildlife worked well together during this emergency and it was a valiant team effort. Situations like this don't happen often, but when they do it's good to know that emergency crews know exactly what to do from their hours of training and work together for the safety and concern of the injured individuals. No further information has been released at this time, as the investigation continues into a cause of this accident. WSIP news will bring you further updates when they become available.