CLEAR LAKE — A 15-year-old boy has been cited in a jet ski crash on Clear Lake that injured a 17-year-old Cedar Falls competitive swimmer Friday night.
A jet ski operated by a 15-year-old Glidden boy struck a personal watercraft occupied by three 17-year-old girls, all from Cedar Falls, around 8:15 p.m., the Iowa DNR said in a news release. The crash was reported less than a mile southwest of the 1200 block of North Shore Drive.
One of the girls struck directly by the other jet ski fell into the water and suffered a leg injury. She was first taken by Clear Lake Fire and Rescue to a Mason City hospital, and then transferred to Rochester, Minn.
The girl’s mother, Kerri Shimp, identified her as Ellie Shimp on a CaringBridge page titled “Ellie’s Accident,” and said she suffered a tibial plateau fracture. Her leg was fractured in five places.
Ellie underwent surgery Saturday morning, but was later transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital-Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., because of significant vascular trauma, meaning her artery wasn’t pumping blood to her leg, according to the page. She underwent another surgery Saturday night, which Kerri said was successful in saving the leg, and was transferred to the ICU around 4:15 a.m. Sunday.
Ellie is going into her senior year at Cedar Falls High School. She competed at the Iowa Girls State Swimming Championships in November 2017, where her 200-meter relay team placed third.