Lawsuit filed on behalf of Chicago 'Playpen' boating accident victim who lost legs

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Thursday, December 22, 2022
Lawsuit filed on behalf of Chicago 'Playpen' boating accident victim
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Lana Batochir, who lost both legs below the knee in a boating accident in Lake Michigan "Playpen."

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Chicago mother who lost both her feet in a boating accident in Chicago's 'Playpen' in Lake Michigan.

Lana Batochir was seriously injured after a boat crashed into a raft that she was on with her friends in August.

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The accident happened late in the afternoon on Aug. 13 as the captain of a rented yacht struggled with a malfunctioning anchor and began drifting, according to a preliminary accident report.

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To correct the drifting, the captain placed the boat in reverse and it smashed into a floating raft. Some people on the raft fell into the water, and Batochir and another woman got caught in the yacht's propeller. The other woman lost a finger and cut her arm.

Batochir said her husband saved her life by pulling her from the water. She underwent a double amputation of her legs below her knees.

In the lawsuit, her lawyer said her injuries were entirely preventable.

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The owner of Aqualeisure, the boat's operator and captain are named in the suit. ABC7 has reached out for comment but have not yet heard back.