A 15-YEAR-OLD girl has been airlifted to hospital following a water skiing accident in southern NSW.
The teen was learning to ski behind a boat on the Murray River when tragedy struck on Saturday afternoon.
Police said the tow rope somehow became entangled around the girl’s arm, causing her to lose her balance and fall into the water around 5pm.
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The driver of the boat, a 43-year-old man, immediately stopped and pulled the teen from the water.
The girl sustained a serious arm injury and was driven to a nearby winery from where she was transported by ambulance to Mildura Base Hospital.
The 15-year-old has since been airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne for specialist treatment.
She is believed to be in a stable condition.
Officers from Barrier Police District are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
The boat, skis and tow rope have also been seized for forensic examination.
Anyone who witnessed the incident and hasn’t already spoken to police is urged to contact Dareton Police Station via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.