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Boy, 3, drowns at Patoka


July 24, 2013
Tragedy struck twice on Patoka Lake last week, as a 3-year-old boy drowned Monday, July 15, and then a man was injured when two personal watercrafts collided two days later.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, the drowning occurred around 3 p.m. near the Little Patoka Boat Ramp. The 3-year-old, Jayce Stallings, of Deputy, had been swimming from a boat just prior to the incident.

Several boats were anchored together offshore along with the boat the boy had been swimming from. Statements obtained from those at the scene indicated that the victim was wearing a life jacket while swimming, but it was removed after he exited due to being cold and wanting to warm up, according to authorities.

After one of the boats left the group, it was noticed that the boy was missing and a search ensued. The boy was last seen sitting along the edge of the boat on a cooler just prior to going missing. The victim was located at around 4:08 p.m. by DNR divers and was transported to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon by Crawford County EMS personnel, where he was treated and later pronounced dead.

Assisting were members of the Crawford County Sheriff's Department, English Volunteer Fire Department and Air Evac.

Then, on Wednesday, shortly after 2 p.m., Conservation Officers responded to the Patoka Station Marina, where a victim injured when two personnel watercraft collided had been transported by boat.

Alec Thompson, 20, of Patoka, was operating his PWC in front of another PWC when the two collided, ejecting Thompson into the water, according to DNR officials. Thompson sustained broken bones and head injuries, and was later transported by helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.

Assisting agencies included Crawford County EMS, English VFD and Air Ambulance.

Both operators were wearing life jackets, which likely prevented a fatality or more serious injuries.

Indiana Conservation Officers urge everyone to wear life jackets in or around all waterways, whether swimming, in a boat or along the shore.

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