Fenton girl hit by boat while swimming in Lake Ponemah, no arrests expected

(Source: GoFundMe Page)

A 12-year-old girl is recovering after being hit by a boat while swimming over the weekend.

It happened Sunday, June 4 on Lake Ponemah in Fenton.

Sheriff Robert Pickell said Cora Rae Thomas was swimming about 100 feet away from the dock when she was hit.

The boater didn't know they hit the girl, according to Pickell, and neither speed nor alcohol are suspected to be factors.

Cora remains hospitalized at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. Her mom said she has a long road to recovery after many repairs to her leg and foot.

"I just couldn't believe it. It's just so bad," her mother Michelle Thomas said. "She has four huge lacerations like the propeller went swish, swish, swish and sliced it three different spots on her leg."

Her mom said she is grateful because it could have been much worse.

"Very lucky. That's what they keep saying. She could have lost her leg," Thomas said.

Dr. Benjamin Levi, surgeon at U of M Hospital, said they expect Cora to be able to walk on her leg again.

"As far as how that leg will function compared to her uninjured leg is hard to know," Levi said.

He said this is a frightful reminder to use caution in the water.

"As this season comes around, especially coming around Fourth of July, stressing the importance of safety and having supervision around kids when in the water and obviously always have on a life vest," Levi said.

To cover the cost of treatment and doctor’s trips, the family has set up a GoFundMe page. So far, it’s raised more than $2,800.

There will also be a benefit dinner for the family on June 22 at Leo's Coney Island in Fenton from 5 to 8 p.m.

At this point, Pickell does not believe there will be any arrests in the case.

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