RATHBUN — Thursday, July 4, 2013 at approximately 6:39 p.m. the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man injured in a Jet Ski crash on Rathbun Lake.
Investigation of incident revealed that Scott Flanary, age 35, of Wichita, KS was operating a Yamaha Wave Runner (Jet Ski) near the Southfork area of Rathbun Lake when he lost control of the Jet Ski. Flanary struck his head on the body of the Jet Ski which rendered him temporarily unconscious.
Flanary fell off the Jet Ski and into the water. Family and friends immediately removed Flanary from the water and transferred him to a boat. Flanary was taken to awaiting emergency personnel at a nearby boat ramp.
Flanary was air lifted in stable condition from the scene to a Des Moines area hospital for examination and treatment.
Agencies assisting in the incident included the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office, Army Corp of Engineers, Iowa DNR, Mystic First Responders, Mercy Ambulance, and Mercy Air Ambulance.
Flanary was wearing a life vest at the time of the incident and no damage was reported to the Jet Ski.