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A Cortland County man and his daughter involved in a serious boating accident on Skaneateles Lake Wednesday evening have been identified as 32-year-old Christopher Driscoll and 8-year-old Kaelynne Driscoll of Homer, according to a release issued Thursday afternoon by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office.

The pair, who were inner tubing on the lake, were struck by a 17-foot Bayliner boat that was towing them after the tube struck a wake and ejected the father and daughter into the water. The operator of the boat circled back around and the boat's propeller struck them, according to the release.

A nearby boater assisted the victims, bringing them to shore at the state boat launch off of Route 41A. Both were transported to Upstate University Hospital and underwent emergency surgery Wednesday night. 

Kaelynne Driscoll is described as in critical condition. She lost both an arm and a leg, and suffered a traumatic head injury. Christopher Driscoll is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

The sheriff's office has not yet released the names of the boat operator and passengers on board, saying the investigation is continuing.

A Go Fund Me page for the Driscoll family has been circulating, set up July 6 by Rex Stanton of Homer, and as of about 9:40 p.m. Thursday had raised $8,075 for the family.

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Staff writer Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (315) 282-2237 or gwendolyn.craig@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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