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Two people were treated for injuries they suffered over the weekend while riding Wego Kite Tubes on Lake Powell. It is the first season rangers in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area have seen Kite Tubes, which are saucer-shaped inflated tubes towed by boats going 20 to 40 mph. The user holds onto the tube as it rises 15 to 60 feet from the water. On Friday afternoon, a 29-year-old man broke his neck when he lost control of a Kite Tube and fell 35 to 40 feet while moving about 35 to 40 mph, according to a news release. He was the third person in his party injured while riding Kite Tubes that day. The others reported minor injuries and were not treated. The following afternoon, a 14-year-old girl lost consciousness when she struck the water after falling 10 to 15 feet while being towed at 20 to 25 mph, according to the release. The girl suffered no serious injury and was released following examination at a hospital. The accidents marked the third and fourth time people have been treated for injuries suffered while riding Kite Tubes on Lake Powell. On April 7, a man suffered a punctured lung caused by broken ribs. And on May 22, a man suffered chest and back injuries.
- Justin Hill