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Girl flown to the hospital after boat reportedly falls on her in Sarasota

A young girl was hit in the head by a boat that either slipped off a car or boat rack.

SARASOTA, Fla. — A 9-year-old girl was flown to the hospital after a boat fell on her near Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota.

Emergency crews were dispatched shortly before noon Tuesday to help the girl who was hit in the head by a boat that had either slipped off a car or boat rack.

The accident happened near a boat storage area used by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s camp. 

A person with the camp said the 9-year-old is not a camper but rather a child of a Sarasota Youth Sailing family who was onsite visiting -- not volunteering or participating in a program.

The girl was going in and out of consciousness when she was flown to Johns Hopkins All Children’s for head trauma.

It took about an hour to get to the girl, check her out and then get her on a Bayflight chopper to the hospital.

EMS Chief Carson Sanders explained that when it comes to pediatric trauma cases, you have to work quickly. 

“Our goal is patient management, so when our guys get on scene they're taught all the basics of the story so we can start to identify injuries and then everything is focused on patient care," Sanders said. "Especially when you have a child ... basically, everything else fades out and we’re just concerned about getting a child ... and getting the proper care."

As of Wednesday morning, the young girl was doing OK and resting comfortably, according to Sarasota Youth Sailing.

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