Teen Injured in Boat Collision Still Critical

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say an Oklahoma teenager who lost a foot in a boating collision remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Stan Kirkland says 17-year-old Patrick Ahern of Norman, Okla., was injured Sunday when his rented personal watercraft hit a 38-foot boat. The boat's propeller cut off Ahern's left leg below the knee.

The family aboard the boat was not injured. Kirkland says the boat's operator saw Ahern's watercraft coming toward him and in the waters off Destin and tried to avoid the collision.

Norman High School officials tell the Northwest Florida Daily News that Ahern was set to be captain of the cross country team this year. Ahern also was a member of the school's soccer team.

Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News, http://www.nwfdailynews.com

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