Northwestern life guard struck by boat

A Northwestern University lifeguard was hospitalized Friday afternoon after a boat from a middle school summer aquatics camp struck her in the water, a university spokesman said.

Northwestern Director of Media Relations Bob Rowley said that a Northwestern University employee lost control of a university boat after falling into the water when the boat hit a large, powerful wave.

The lifeguard was in the water, possibly on a surfboard or kayak, when the boat struck, Rowley said. He said the lifeguard was a young woman.

Rowley said the boat was pulling campers and counselors on a floating inner tube when they fell off. The driver was turning the boat around to reach them when the wave hit and he was thrown into the water.

After the driver lost control, the boat plowed onto the beach but no one else was injured, Rowley said.

“Our thoughts are with her and her family and we hope for her speedy recovery,” Rowley said.

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