Policeman Loses Leg

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A Marietta police officer lost a leg after a boating accident on the Little Kanawha River.

It all happened Sunday afternoon. The injured officer is Patrolman Rhett Walters, who has been on the force for three years.

Investigators say the pleasure boat Walters was riding in hit a wake in the river near the I-77 bridge. Walters fell into the water, striking his head on the boat before the boat passed over him.

His boating partners immediately rushed him to the hospital.

"The boat passed overhead, and tragically the engine's boat propeller struck the lower portion of his body," says Sgt. Chip Shaver of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. "He suffered a loss of leg."

Walters is listed in stable condition at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, where he will be fitted for a prosthetic leg Tuesday.

Capt. Jeff Waite of the Marietta Police Department does expect Walters to return to work.