Three people sustained minor injuries in a boat collision that occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the main channel near the Barren River Lake State Park Marina.
The crash happened when a 25-foot pontoon boat and a 19-foot runabout boat struck one another. Seventeen people total were on board the two boats at the time of the crash, said Kevin Kelly, information specialist/acting executive staff advisor for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, in a press release.
Three people were thrown into the water as a result of the crash, but were not injured. Three sustained minor injuries and were taken to T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow where they were treated and released later on Wednesday, he said.
Investigators believe operator inexperience led to the crash. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the cause of the collision, Kelly said.
No one on either boat was wearing a life jacket at the time of the crash, he said.
Kentucky law requires each occupant of a boat to have ready access to his or her own U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Children younger than 12 must wear a life jacket while in the open portion of the boat that is underway, Kelly said.
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife recommends that everyone wear a life jacket while boating, especially children and non-swimmers, he said.