2 Detroit doctors save life of man whose leg was severed in boating accident on Gun Lake

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jun 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-18 16:58:11-04

Two Detroit doctors are being hailed as heroes after saving the life of a man whose leg was severed by a boat in mid-Michigan. 

Authorities responded to a boat accident on east Gun Lake on Father's day, Sunday, June 17, at around 5 p.m. A 20-year-old man had gone off the side of an inboard boat during a turn. 

According to a release, the stern of the boat swung over the man and the propellor amputated his leg. 

Fortunately, the two doctors, one from St. Johns Hospital and the other from Henry Ford Hospital, were at the right place at the right time.

The doctors were visiting family and saw the man needed medical assistance. They swam to the injured man and applied a tourniquet to slow the bleeding of the wound, which likely saved the man's life. 

Also in the area at the time of the accident were Orangeville First Responders and other medical personnel visiting the lake. After getting the victim to shore, he was transported to Butterworth Spectrum Hospital. His present condition is unknown and the accident is currently under investigation.

Police say alcohol was a factor in the accident.