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Two children hurt in Lake Lanier jet ski accident

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Hall County authorities say two children were hurt in a jet ski accident on Lake Lanier on Friday afternoon. Hall County authorities say two children were hurt in a jet ski accident on Lake Lanier on Friday afternoon.
HALL COUNTY, Ga. -

Hall County authorities say two children were hurt in a jet ski accident on Lake Lanier on Friday afternoon. It happened near Van Pugh Park at about 3 p.m., and fire officials say the accident involved a jet ski and an inner tube.

An 11-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were hurt, and both were taken to Children's Hospital at Egleston by helicopter.

Two Department of Natural Resources rangers reportedly witnessed the event. They said the jet ski driver, a 38-year-old man, was with a large group of family and friends that included the children. The group had rented two jet skis and a pontoon boat for the day.

"It looks like they were trying to have a day on the lake and have a good time, but obviously something went wrong and two kids got run over," Sgt. Mike Burgamy with the Department of Natural Resources.

Somehow the jet ski drove over the inner tube, which the children were in. The rangers and other witnesses assisted in rescuing the children.

"They saw the personal watercraft running around, saw the pontoon and tuber and the next thing they saw was the personal watercraft went right over the two kids on the tube," said Burgamy.

The boy is in critical condition with head trauma, according to Hall County fire officials.  The girl suffered a broken arm and head lacerations.

Officials interviewed the driver and said that no alcohol was involved. Other charges could be pending.

An investigation into the accident is currently underway.

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