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UPDATE: Broken tow rope causes boat tube crash

MANITOWISH WATERS (WAOW) – A tow rope broke while a brother and sister were being pulled on a boat tube, sending them crashing into a pontoon boat driven by their grandfather, a state Department of Natural Resources warden said Friday.

The siblings, ages 11 and 12, from Arlington, Heights, Ill., suffered non-life threatening injuries, but the boy was knocked out with a concussion and was face-down in the water for a time, Warden David Walz said.

It was unknown whether the pair were still hospitalized late Friday morning, he said.

The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Little Star Lake in Vilas County.

It appears the 75-foot tow rope broke near the boat tube as it was being swung out and the tube crashed into the side of the pontoon, Walz said. “We don't know exactly how close they were.”

The boat pulling the siblings was being driven by a family friend and likely was going about 25 mph when the rope snapped, the warden said.

No alcohol was involved in the incident and it appears no boating violations occurred, Walz said.


MANITOWISH WATERS (WAOW) – A brother and sister were injured Thursday when the boat tube they were riding on struck the side of a pontoon boat on a northern Wisconsin lake, the Vilas County Sheriff Department said.

The siblings, ages 11 and 12, from Arlington, Heights, Ill., were transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries, Chief Deputy Mark Collins said in a statement.

The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. on Little Star Lake and all parties involved were in the same family, Collins said.

No other details were immediately released.

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