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Father, stepdaughter seriously injured on lake as jet ski hits bridge

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Emergency personnel responding to the scene of the crash on Buggs Island Lake.
SoVaNow.com / July 17, 2017
A Monday afternoon collision involving a personal watercraft on Buggs Island Lake left a North Carolina man and his stepdaughter seriously injured, with both victims airlifted to Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Around noon, the Mecklenburg County 911 center received a call about a jet ski accident at the Business 58 bridge in downtown Clarksville near the town dock. According to preliminary reports, the man, who was driving the personal watercraft with his 13-year old stepdaughter riding in back, crashed into a cement pylon under the Clarksville bridge. The driver and passenger were thrown from the craft.

Both were wearing life jackets at the time.

Family members watching from the town dock near the Lake Motel were the ones who placed the 911 call. Members of the Clarksville Police Department, Mecklenburg County Lifesaving and Rescue Squad and Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department pulled the two from the water within minutes of the accident.

Because of their injuries, both required med-flight transport to Duke hospital.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is currently investigating the incident. The identities of the victims have not been released.

This story has been updated here.

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