Child Hit by Boat Propeller, Suffers Serious Injuries

An 11-year-old was rushed to Baltimore’s Shock Trauma after he was hit by a dinghy propeller in a creek off of Middle River Monday afternoon.

Marine Emergency Team 21, an all-volunteer water rescue team, says they responded to a 911 call for someone in the water screaming for help. In a Facebook post, the rescue team says they found an 11 year old boy with “significant trauma” after being struck by a boat propeller.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police (NRP) also responded to the scene on Sue Creek, arriving just after 4:30 p.m. A spokesperson tells Bay Bulletin three juveniles took out a 12-foot-long dinghy from the dock into the creek. “The dinghy hit a wave, and the juveniles were tossed out of the boat. The boat somehow ran over one of the juveniles, and the boat’s propeller struck him,” NRP Public Information Officer Lauren Moses says.

Back on shore, the child was transferred to Baltimore County Fire Department EMS and taken to Shock Trauma for treatment. The fire department tells us the child sustained serious injuries and was transported in stable condition.

According to NRP, good Samaritans brought the other two juveniles to shore unharmed.

-Meg Walburn Viviano