Woman Gets Feet Severed By Propellers In Boating Accident At Lake Michigan

‘I knew I would die.’ Woman recounts ‘Playpen’ boating accident near Oak Street Beach that severed her feet – Chicago Sun-Times

A boating accident on Lake Michigan left a woman and her friend severely injured.

At approximately 5 p.m., Saturday, a rental boat called La Aquavida began to drift after its anchor device malfunctioned.

Lana Batochir, 34, was on a raft with five other people when an accident occured. Batochir and another woman were pulled under the boat and suffered severe injuries.

When the flotation raft was reversed into by another boat, one of the individuals had her hand severely severed. A first responder applied a tourniquet to minimize the bleeding. Batochir’s feet were also in danger from the incident, and they were severed by the boat propeller.

Lana Batochir’s husband pulled her out of the water after he saw her in a panic. He helped her get to safety on another boat.

The captain of the boat that hit the raft was trying to anchor down when the crane malfunctioned and sped up in reverse, colliding with the other boat. The captain could face charges.

Batochir shared about her experience being on the raft when a boat’s propeller struck her, leaving her with unimaginable pain. She said she will be able to hug and kiss her kids, her husband, her family and friends after her legs are amputated.

For additional information on this story, please consider the news outlets listed below to stay in the know.

  1. ‘I knew I would die.’ Woman recounts ‘Playpen’ boating accident near Oak Street Beach that severed her feet  Chicago Sun-Times
  2. Woman has feet severed, another loses hand in Chicago boat accident  FOX 32 Chicago
  3. After accident in Lake Michigan’s ‘Playpen,’ woman must learn to walk again  CBS Chicago
  4. ‘Playpen’ Chicago boating incident on Lake Michigan leaves 2 women seriously injured near Oak Street Beach, CPD says  WLS-TV
  5. Woman’s Feet Severed After Boat Backs Into Raft in ‘Playpen’ Area of Lake Michigan  NBC Chicago
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