Deadly tubing accident under investigation

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - We continue to follow a deadly tubing accident in Prince George County. Two young boys were being pulled behind a boat on the Butterworth Pond Saturday night when it took a sharp turn flinging the tube into a tree.

A 10-year-old on that tube died. A nine-year-old survived, but was seriously injured. He just got out of surgery but he's still in intensive care at VCU Medical Center.

A spokesperson with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says he suffered major blunt force trauma when he hit the tree.

Sunday morning, sandals and flip-flops still sat in the boat after the accident killed a Petersburg boy.

Conservation officers are back out investigating what caused the 19 foot Yamaha boat to hit a tree not too far from a dock on the pond.

A department spokesperson says three people were on the boat pulling two boys on the inflatable tube. The boat took a sharp turn.

"At some point the tube flung into woods," said Sgt. Tim Worrell with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

It hit a low-lying tree near the riverbank. Officers got the call just before 8:30, Saturday night.

Sunday, they took measurements and pulled the boat back to the site of the wreck. Leaves and dirt on the back are still a reminder of the terrifying collision.

The uncle of one of the boys said the family is doing the best they can despite this terrible tragedy.

The 10-year-old boy was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center and later died at VCU Medical Center. The nine-year-old is still in the intensive care unit in the hospital. Among the adults on board were the boy's parents.

Officers haven't said if anyone was wearing life jackets or if alcohol was involved. They're still investigating the accident to determine if charges are necessary.

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