PRESS RELEASE FROM THE KOOTNAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: On July 3rd at approximately 1625 hours Marine Deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and personnel from the Worley Fire Department and Kootenai County Fire and Rescue responded to the area of Conklin Park Marina on Coeur d' Alene Lake for an injury boat accident. It was reported that a female was struck by a propeller while she was in the water.
When units arrived on scene, they learned a 14 year old female from Las Vegas, Nevada was in a rubber raft and was struck by a boat operated by Pamela Tempe, a 34 year old female from Spokane, Washington. Deputies were able to learn that Pamela had no boating experience and was assisting other occupants with teaching a young child how to water ski.
During this process Pamela lost track of the location of the raft and the 14 year old female and ended up striking the raft and female while she was coming up on plane. The juvenile was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident which prevented her from possibly drowning.
The female juvenile was transported to KMC with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is still ongoing but alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
The Kootenai Count Sheriff's Office would like to remind all boaters that with the holiday weekend approaching the number of boats on the waterways will increase. Boaters should always be aware of their surroundings and maintain a proper lookout.