Lifejacket Saves Columbus Teen After Hardy Lake Boating Accident

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident involving two personal watercraft on Hardy Lake east of Crothersville in Scott County which resulted in a Columbus girl being flown to a Louisville Hospital Saturday.

Kiara Williams, 15, of Columbus was airlifted to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and treated for head trauma as a result of the accident

Shortly before 3 p.m., Williams was riding as a passenger on a personal watercraft operated by her uncle, Christopher Selig, 30, also of Columbus, when she was thrown overboard after hitting a wave. Williams’ grandmother, who was following closely behind on another PWC, was unable to avoid striking her, knocking her unconscious.

Williams was wearing a lifejacket, which “undoubtedly saved her life,” according to Indiana Conservation Officer Neal Brewington.

Assisting agencies at the scene included Scott County EMS, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, and Air Methods Helicopter Service.

The incident remains under investigation. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage boaters to always wear a lifejacket when aboard any watercraft.