A man injured in a Memorial Day boating accident on Branched Oak Lake is expected to recover. He was identified Tuesday as 26-year-old Kent Seevers of Lincoln.
According to Lancaster County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Guthard, the accident happened around 4 p.m.
Seevers was a passenger seated in the front of the motorboat along with four other occupants. The boat is owned and was operated by Jon Muehlmeier 26, also of Lincoln. Muehlmeier turned sharply to the right after a wake boarder he was towing fell. Seevers fell out of the boat and was struck by the propeller.
Guthard said Seevers suffered deep lacerations to his chest and arms.
Off-duty nurses assisted in first aid on a dock until an emergency helicopter could take him to a hospital in Lincoln. His injuries were considered life-threatening but by Tuesday afternoon we were told he is expected to recover.
Guthard said the driver had not been drinking.
The incident was one of 14 the Lancaster County Sheriff's Department was called to Branched Oak Lake to investigate Monday. Officials estimated some 700 people alone in one corner of the lake. They add that there were no trash cans and liter covered the area.
In 2013, investigators responded only twice to the lake for calls. They plan to work with Nebraska Game and Parks on a plan to regulate the area. It is currently not regulated by the agency because it is not classified as a beach or grass area.