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Weeki Wachee Mermaid Severely Injured by Boat Propeller
Hernando Today ^ | August 23, 2013 | Matt Reinig

Posted on 08/24/2013 8:56:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A Weeki Wachee Springs mermaid was injured Thursday on the waters off Hernando Beach after she fell out of a pontoon boat and landed on the boat’s propeller.

Samantha Maywell of Brooksville was injured in the leg by the propeller, but two other mermaids with her were not injured, according to John Athanason, public relations manager for the park.

Kevin Carroll, assistant fire chief with Hernando County Fire Rescue, said Maywell was on a pontoon boat in the Gulf when she fell.

“She had severe left leg damage from hitting the boat propeller,” Carroll said, adding that those aboard the boat helped her back aboard and took her to shore. “She had a very critical injury and she was in critical condition, there’s no doubt.”

According to the incident report, Hernando County Fire Rescue received the emergency call at 4:32 p.m., and at 4:48 p.m. the pontoon boat carrying Maywell arrived at the Hernando Beach boat ramp, indicating they were about 15 minutes off-shore when the incident occurred.

Fire rescue treated Maywell at the boat ramp and transported her to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Carroll said, and the incident will be investigated by either the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Calls made to FWC officers Friday revealed they were not currently investigating Maywell’s injury and were unaware of the situation.

“Hopefully, God willing, she’s doing well,” Carroll said. “Certainly our prayers go up to her and her family that she recovers from this.”

Athanason said he has been in contact with Maywell’s family regarding her condition.

“I’ve been trying to keep in contact with her mother as much as possible,” Athanason said, adding that he was made aware of the situation Thursday night. “I know it’s not life-threatening.”

According to Maywell’s Weeki Wachee Springs profile page, her personal motto is: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one reached in life, but by the obstacles which he has overcome.”


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1 posted on 08/24/2013 8:56:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

OUCH!


2 posted on 08/24/2013 8:58:42 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: nickcarraway
her personal motto is: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one reached in life, but by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

Sounds like she has known suffering before.

3 posted on 08/24/2013 9:01:30 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: nickcarraway

I didn’t think mermaids had legs.


4 posted on 08/24/2013 9:03:06 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nickcarraway

Ooh... poor thing... a leg injury like that can certainly be life threatening...


5 posted on 08/24/2013 9:04:43 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: nickcarraway

6 posted on 08/24/2013 9:05:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nuconvert

Aye, aye, aye...


7 posted on 08/24/2013 9:05:25 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: latina4dubya

Must have been really painful. I wonder what happened, since it implies two other mermaids fell in too.


8 posted on 08/24/2013 9:07:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I remember one of our college cheerleaders became a mermaid there. She was very athletic and also really, really, pretty.


9 posted on 08/24/2013 9:07:41 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: nuconvert

Sorry, didn’t hear a word you said.


10 posted on 08/24/2013 9:08:11 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: nickcarraway

If she had been wearing a mermaid costume, she would have been vulnerable with her legs pretty much bound together... difficult to balance...


11 posted on 08/24/2013 9:18:23 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: latina4dubya

Good point. And it must be hard to balance.


12 posted on 08/24/2013 9:19:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I pray she doesn’t get a life threatening infection from this. Lots of people pick up the flesh-eating junk in the gulf waters when they have open wounds.


13 posted on 08/24/2013 9:22:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway

James 1:2 is the applicable Bible verse.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;


14 posted on 08/24/2013 9:25:04 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: nickcarraway

Babe!!!

I must make a pilgramage hastily and be a good Mench....


15 posted on 08/24/2013 9:30:33 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

Good thing she was in a pontoon boat. Around Hudson and Bayonet Point, It’s tough to get in and out at low tide.

I grew up in that area and my folks ran a shrimp boat out of Hudson FL.


16 posted on 08/24/2013 9:37:45 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: nickcarraway

With all the swimmers and fish in close proximity, why don’t they use jet boats instead of propeller boats?


17 posted on 08/24/2013 11:21:54 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: nickcarraway

I live a stone’s throw from there.


18 posted on 08/24/2013 11:30:30 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: nickcarraway

Not Guilty.


19 posted on 08/25/2013 3:46:55 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

It’s obvious what kept her afloat.


20 posted on 08/25/2013 3:55:52 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: reg45
With all the swimmers and fish in close proximity, why don’t they use jet boats instead of propeller boats?
I live nearby. Haven't been there in a long time, since before the State took it over; but I seem to recall all of the props having cages on them to protect the manatees. It seems they have taken them off.
21 posted on 08/25/2013 4:35:20 AM PDT by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: martin_fierro

Not Guilty!?
She innocent of every wrongdoing ever thought to be associated with her. Including not eating her spinach. :^)
WOW


22 posted on 08/25/2013 5:03:55 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: nickcarraway
Not guilty!

Prayers for a swift recovery for Ms. Maywell

5.56mm

23 posted on 08/25/2013 5:20:20 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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