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Woman Struck By Boat Propeller Off Ocean City, Authorities Say

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ)—A New Jersey woman was seriously injured after she was struck by a boat propeller over the weekend.

According to the Maryland Natural Resources Police, 26-year-old Natalya Potsurko was standing on the bow of a rental pontoon boat when the vessel hit a wake and she went overboard near Ocean City.

Authorities say during the incident, she was struck by the propeller and suffered severe injuries to her face and leg before she was rescued by another passenger aboard the boat.

Potsurko was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Penn Hospital in Philadelphia for specialized treatment.

Police say Potsurko was not wearing a life jack and could not swim.

25-year-old Nicholas James Gilbert, of Philadelphia, is facing charges of negligent operation of a vessel, which carries a minimum fine of $320.

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