Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the name of the operator of the vessel as a passenger was previously listed.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to a fatality accident at Waurika Lake Saturday night where a child died after being struck by a boat propeller.
According to trooper reports, the incident happened around 5:15 p.m. Saturday, June 13 on Waurika Lake at Kiowa 2 boat ramp in Jefferson County.
Trooper reports show a 2007 Master Craft was involved in the accident. Reports show Caleb K. Newton, of Comanche, operated the boat. Nine passengers were supposed to be on the boat, ranging in ages from 6-37 and coming from Comanche, Ardmore and Pauls Valley. The boat was reported as traveling southbound near the boat ramp at idle speed, according to OHP. The ninth passenger, a seven-year-old child from Comanche, “for an unknown reason … ended up in the water from the swim deck and was struck by the propeller,” according to the report. Medical Examiner Jim Delbridge pronounced the child deceased at the scene “due to massive injuries,” according to a report, before transport to the Medical Examiner Office.
All other passengers and the operator reported no injuries, according to OHP.
Trooper reports indicated “odor of alcoholic beverage” under the condition of operator and said the cause of the incident is pending investigation. If the child was ejected is also pending investigation, according to a report.
The incident was investigated by OHP Marine Enforcement Division and Jefferson County Sheriffs Office, Waurika Police Department, Hastings Fire Department, Waurika Fire Department, Waurika EMS and Corps of Engineers Park Rangers all assisted.