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Teen injured by boat propeller has stabilized, authorities say

The 14-year-old girl who was hit by a motorboat near Hog Island off Orleans on Saturday afternoon is out of surgery and has “stabilized,” according to the Orleans Fire Department.

“She got out of surgery this morning, she was in for four or five hours,” said Orleans firefighter Dana Medeiros. “She has stabilized now, and I believe she is scheduled for another surgery in a couple of days.”

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The teenager was found still in the water when authorities arrived, with “multiple traumatic injuries caused by direct contact of the propeller of a motor boat,” Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Pike told the Globe on Saturday.

She was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and then flown by helicopter to a Boston trauma center, Pike said.

The accident is under investigation by the Massachusetts Environmental Police, and no charges have been filed against the boat driver, Reginald Zimmerman, an Environmental Police spokesman, said Saturday.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ColinAYoung.
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