Woman injured in boating accident in Midville

Lynn Junkins, 74, was transported to Doctors Hospital after a she was ejected during a boating accident on the Ogeechee River Friday, February 24.

Midville Police Chief C.J. Green and two officers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources arrived at the scene where they found the 2005 Alumacraft motorboat, registered to Lynn’s husband, 78-year-old Richard Junkins, secured to a boat ramp. It had sustained a large dent to the bow. Tree bark and soil were also found on the bow, according to the DNR incident report.

Game Warden Kyle Kervin interviewed Richard who stated that he was traveling west when he encountered a bend in the waterway. He attempted to throttle down but inadvertently increased its speed, causing it to run into an overhanging tree. The tree struck both of the occupants and caused Richard to lose control of the vessel. The boat then struck the bank causing Lynn to be ejected into the water and Richard to be thrown into the floorboard of the boat. Both of them sustained lacerations to their heads. Lynn sustained a broken leg. The cause of the accident was attributed to operator inexperience.

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