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Overland Park man falls nearly 12 feet after Flyboard accident at Lake of the Ozarks

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An Overland Park man was seriously injured Sunday after falling from a Flyboard at the Lake of the Ozarks. (KCTV5) An Overland Park man was seriously injured Sunday after falling from a Flyboard at the Lake of the Ozarks. (KCTV5)
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO (KCTV) -

An Overland Park man was seriously injured Sunday after falling from a Flyboard at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Brian M. Effertz, 46, fell 10-12 feet and landed on top of a Seadoo, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

He was flown to University Hospital.

The incident happened about 5:50 p.m. near the 10.6 mile-marker in Crane Cove. 

Troopers said Effertz was steering a Zapata Flyboard, being towed by the Seadoo. The jet ski operator was controlling the throttle when Effertz lost his balance and fell.

A Flyboard, which looks like a small snowboard attached to a hose, can propel users up to 45 feet in the air using water pumped from a personal watercraft to the base of the board.

Troopers patrolling the waters are on high alert for activities such as flyboarding after the incident.

 “We want people to be prepared. We don’t want people to not stop and think about the risk that they’re taking and what can happen as a result of those risks,” said Cpl. Kim Davis with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division.

While flyboarding is not likely to be seen at area lakes such as Smithville Lake, it is filled with wakeboarders and other watersport activities.

Troopers are doing everything they can to make sure that those who decide to spend their days at the lake are safe. 

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