June 23, 2018
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15-year-old girl severs leg in Lovell boating accident

BDN staff reports

LOVELL, Maine — A 15-year-old girl’s leg was severed in a boating accident on Kezar Lake on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Maine Warden Service.

The girl’s father, 44-year-old Robert Mueller of Houston, Texas, was driving a speedboat full of six family members and pulling two inner tubes when the boat hit a submerged rock around 2:45 p.m., according to the warden service.

During the crash, a 13-year-old boy was being towed on a tube, a 10-year-old boy was sitting in the rear of the boat, three teenage girls were sitting in the bow and Mueller was driving, according to the warden service.

Upon impact, all three girls were ejected from the boat, including Mueller’s 15-year-old daughter, who the warden service identified as Abby.

Abby flew over the front of the boat, which then drove over her, severing her leg between her ankle and knee with the running propeller, according to the warden service.

Lowell Fire Chief Tom McKenzie said Robert Mueller received minor injuries when he hit his head on the windshield.

The girl was flown by LifeFlight to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The warden service said that after the crash, the family-owned 24-foot Correct Craft inboard fiberglass motorboat was driven to a dock at Quisisana Resort on Pleasant Point Road in Middle Bay, taking on water through a hole in the hull.

The northwest side of the island was marked with five hazard buoys. The boat struck a rock inside the marked hazard area, according to the warden service.

The 10-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl are Mueller’s son and daughter. The 13-year-old boy on the tube and the other 15-year-old girl are brother and sister and cousins to Mueller’s children, the warden service said.

The family was staying at a camp on the lake.

Only the girl and her father were reportedly injured. Sgt. Dave Chabot of the Maine Warden Service is in charge of the investigation.

It is not believed that alcohol was involved.

The Sun Journal contributed to this report.

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