Updated 12:49 p.m.
By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
A 12-year-old boy swimming at Mayfield Lake was struck by a boat propeller and seriously injured yesterday.
The child was airlifted to a Portland area hospital with deep lacerations to his chest, stomach and thigh, according to responders.
Aid was called to the county park off Beach Road just after 3 p.m., but a sheriff’s deputy out on boat patrol was already on the scene providing first aid, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the boy was approximately 20 feet offshore, swimming next to his father’s boat while the boat was being moored. The father mistakenly put the boat in the wrong gear, striking the 12-year-old, according to Brown.
It happened near the swimming area, according to Lewis County Fire District 8.
The boy was transported to the Mossyrock school ball field where a helicopter picked him up and flew him to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, according to the sheriff’s office.
The family is from Beaverton. Ore.
Brown described the boy’s condition yesterday as serious. Today the hospital said he is stable, Brown said.