POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 3:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 3:28pm
NATALBANY, LA — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are investigating a boating incident that took place on the Natalbany River in Tangipahoa Parish on June 9.
Around 4:45 p.m. a 22 foot ski boat that had five passengers while towing a tube with two juveniles crashed into a tree along the bank of the Natalbany River. The incident happened about three miles upstream from where the river merges with the Tickfaw River.
After receiving a call from dispatch, LDWF agents arrived on scene and immediately called for a helicopter to transport a six year old girl. The six year old girl was in the boat at the time of the collision with the tree and suffered major head trauma and needed immediate attention. The helicopter took the girl to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge where she is still listed in critical condition.
The operator of the vessel suffered a broken foot and the other five passengers were treated for minor injuries.
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident. As standard procedure agents took blood from the operator to determine if the operator was impaired. It takes up to four weeks to receive the blood test results from the lab.