Boating accident costs woman part of her foot

July 01, 1991

A 24-year-old Crofton, Anne Arundel County, woman had par of a foot amputated yesterday after she was struck by the propeller of an outboard motor boat while surfboard riding in Pope's Creek near the Potomac River in Charles County, according to Department of Natural Resources Police.

The victim, Grace Marie Bellosi, of the 1700 block of Aberdeen Circle, was riding on a "boogie board" that was being pulled by an outboard motor boat operated by Denise Renee Beavers, 21, yesterday afternoon when Bellosi signaled Beavers she was ready to stop.

Police said Bellosi swam to the stern of the boat and was raising oneleg to climb onto a ladder when her foot was struck by the spinning propeller.

Police said Beavers told them she thought the motor was in neutral and not in drive when Bellosi approached.

After pulling the injured Bellosi on board, police said, Beavers drove the boat to the Goose Bay marina on Pope's Creek, where she reported the incident.

From the marina, Bellosi was airlifted by a State Police Med-Evac helicopter to the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where part of the mangled foot was amputated.

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