A Destin woman remains in intensive care three days after getting entangled in a boat propeller off a Destin beach.


Lee Ann Dorn, who is 55, was flown to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on Saturday night after the 6:15 accident just east of Destin's east jetty.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission accident form, the boat was moving when Dorn and several other passengers jumped off.

She went off the back of the boat, striking the outboard engine propeller, which cut her severely. Other passengers on the boat had to rescue her, the report said.

The accident happened about 150 feet off shore, the report said. After the accident, the boat headed toward shore. A trio of Memphis doctors and a nurse happened to be on the beach at the time and ran to help the injured woman.

Among the passengers on the boat was the victim's husband, Phillip K. Dorn, who is the Fort Walton Beach High School athletic director and head football coach.

The couple's daughter was also on the boat, along with five others, including the operator, Hayden C. Hubbard of Destin.

Principal John Spolski said he was at a graduation party when he heard about the accident. He arrived at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center just as the medical helicopter was landing.

He and other staff members spent most of the weekend at the hospital with the family, who moved here from the Birmingham, Alabama, area three years ago when Dorn was hired.

Spolski and other staff members stayed at the hospital with the Dorns until their family members arrived from out of town. Now, they are focusing on gathering gift cards and planning meals for the family.

"Pray right now," Spolski said when asked how the community could help support the family. "Pray."