Thomson teen recovering from weekend boating injuries

THOMSON, Ga. -- A Thomson teen is recovering at McDuffie Regional Medical Center after he was injured in a Memorial Day weekend boating accident.

Jay Bieltz, an 18-year-old rising senior at Thomson High School, received a deep laceration underneath his left armpit and his spleen was removed during emergency surgery Sunday, according to his father, Dr. John Bieltz, an orthopedic surgeon in Thomson.

“He’s going to make a full recovery,” Dr. Bieltz said. “He’ll be back. He’s really got such a great attitude. We’re just so thankful to God and to the entire medical team at our hospital for doing what they did for him.”

The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Thurmond Lake between Raysville Marina and Raysville Boat Club, according to Ranger 1st Class Class Brian Adams of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.

Jay Bieltz was one of three young men on an inner-tube being pulled by a boat operated by Taylor Carrington, of Thomson, Ranger Adams said. The ranger said Mr. Carrington, a college student, “misjudged” the distance between his boat and Dr. Bieltz’s boat on a turn. Two of the young men on the inner-tube jumped into the water, but Jay Bieltz was thrown into the bow of his father’s boat.

The injured youth was pulled to safety and taken to McDuffie Regional Medical Center by private vehicle with a police escort.

“There wasn’t time for an ambulance,” Dr. Bieltz said. “Jay needed emergency care right away.”

The accident remains under investigation, according to Ranger Adams. No charges have been filed.

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