CCSO report – On October 26, 2020 at approximately 3:15 PM with Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Lakeside Fire department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Lower Umpqua ambulance and Reach Helicopter Service responded to a boat explosion/accident on Devore Arm of South Ten Mile Lake. The Sheriff’s office was conducting routine boat patrol in the area when the call came in. Sheriff’s Deputy was first on scene, pulled one victim out of the water and rendered potentially lifesaving first aid to both victims involved in the incident. Minutes later Lakeside Fire Department arrived on scene, provided advanced first aid and assisted with extrication of the victims via boat.  One female victim, with multiple lacerations and possible broken bones, was taken to Bay Area hospital via Bay Cities Ambulance. The second male victim, with severe compound fracture to the lower leg, was transported by Lower Umpqua Hospital Ambulance to a nearby airport and Reach Helicopter Service flew him to River Bend hospital. Cause of the accident is still under investigation. Preliminary results are that the personal watercraft (PWC) exploded during start up while inside of a boat house at the location.

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