Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FLW Outdoors announces update on injured FLW cameraman

Editor's note: This article was updated June 21 with a status update from Robert Gulley.

FLW Outdoors officials have spoken to the family of the person injured in Sunday’s one-boat accident during the FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake. Mary Ann Gulley has confirmed that her son, Robert Gulley, was a cameraman injured on a boat driven by competitor Shinichi Fukae when the boat struck the Highway 79 Bridge near Paris, Tenn.

Robert Gulley told FLW Outdoors officials Tuesday morning that he is “still sore, but his goal is to get better in time to fish on Pickwick at the next Tour event.”

At about 11:30 a.m. Central time Monday, Mrs. Gulley referred questions from FLW Outdoors officials to South Carolina angler Michael Murphy, a close family friend and Robert’s practice partner on the FLW Tour.

“Robert was involved in an accident and was riding in the passenger side of the boat when they struck the bridge,” Murphy said. “Robert was not ejected from the boat, but he did hit the console and received internal injuries from the impact. He was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where he spent the night in the intensive care unit and remains there now. He is showing signs of improvement. He is eating and drinking, and the doctors feel he is in the clear, but they are going to continue to monitor him. If everything progresses like it is, they will remove him from the ICU and into a regular room.”

“Shin (Fukae) is coming to visit Robert this afternoon,” Murphy added. “We are all good friends, like family.”

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