From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol Troopers reported two boating accidents on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
One was in the area of Goat Island on Smith Lake and the other was near Talucah Landing on Lake Wheeler.
The crash on Smith Lake happened around 6:20 p.m. ALEA said a single vessel crash resulted in the death of 12-year-old Christian Hart, from the Vinemont area. Investigators said Hart was killed when he was hit by a boat near the Goat Island area of Smith Lake. Hart had been tubing in the area prior to the crash.
Another accident on Friday, May 24, on the Tennessee River, injured an 11-year-old Trussville boy. According to the Morgan County Rescue Squad, that child was in critical condition. Friends of the family said the boy has been released from the hospital.
ALEA has increased marine patrols on Alabama lakes for Memorial Day weekend. Officials are reminding boaters to take necessary precautions to stay safe.