Medical helicopter called to boating accident at Buck Creek State Park

CareFlight was requested to the scene of a reported boating accident that occurred at Buck Creek State Park Sunday afternoon.

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Initial reports indicate those involved in the accident reportedly suffered significant trauma, which prompted responding crews to advise the medical helicopter to respond as well.

It’s unclear how many people were transported or their current conditions .

A woman who’s been coming to Buck Creek State Park for nearly a decade said it’s unusual to hear about multiple incidents in the same year.

In the eight years Gayle Sarff has been coming to the park, she said there’s typically only one incident a year.

“It’s very unusual to have two in one year,” said said.

“I heard a bunch of sirens and I didn’t think anything of it until I saw a medical helicopter come this way,” Sarff said.

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She said the scene was similar to two weeks ago when a 22-year-old man died after he was rescued from the lake.

Caleb Diviak was found unresponsive in the water near a Jet Ski.

Though he was wearing a life jacket, Sarff said it’s not common to see anyone younger than 16 wear one.

“People aren’t paying attention,” she said. “You never know what’s going to happen out there on the water.”

We are working to learn more and will update this page when information becomes available.

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