4-year-old swimmer seriously injured on East Tennessee lake


A 4-year-old boy was seriously injured Sunday afternoon after being struck by a boat propeller during a boating incident on Douglas Lake, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported in a news release.

About 3 p.m., Bill Thomas Wardlow Jr., 44, Sevierville, was swimming with three children under the age of 8 near points 12 and 13 on Douglas when the wind began to separate a rented pontoon boat from them.

Onboard the boat, Starsha Lynn Tuley, 28, Knoxville, started the engine and drove toward the swimmers in an attempt to pick them up when Wardlow’s son was struck in his upper left arm and shoulder by the propeller.

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