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Woman injured in boating accident on Suwannee

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   Special to the Citizen

A Gainesville woman was injured Sunday afternoon in a boating accident on the Suwannee River near Old Town.

Nobbie Cannon, 20, sustained internal injuries when the tube she was riding in was struck by a personal watercraft.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators, Cannon was being towed by a personal watercraft operated by Allison Reddick, 21, of Archer. Kathleen Weir, 21, of Gainesville and Simone Chriss, 21, of Archer were passengers on the 11-foot Yamaha personal watercraft. The group was traveling south on the river.

Therman Corbin, 46, of Old Town, was driving a 10-foot Yamaha personal watercraft in the opposite direction. He turned around after passing Reddick’s vessel and wasn’t aware that Cannon was being towed. Corbin then collided with Cannon, FWC officials said in a pree release.

Cannon was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where she underwent surgery.

FWC officials are investigating the accident. Anyone with additional information about the accident is asked to call 888-404-3922.