A boater visiting Lake Coeur d’Alene from Denver got his right leg severely cut by a boat propeller this afternoon.
Nicholas McMordie, 25, got too close to the propeller of a boat that was driven by his friend, Benjamin Stein, 25, Spokane.
EMTs from the Coeur d’Alene City Fire Department responded to the Third Street Public Boat Launch around 3:30 p.m. from where McMordie was taken to Kootenai Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.
“He fell over the back of the boat, and the propeller got him,” said Sgt. Matt Streetof the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.
The accident happened near Carlin Bay.
McMordie had numerous lacerations to his lower right leg, but the injuries were not life threatening.
According to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, it appears that alcohol was not a factor in the accident, and no citations will be issued.