The Iowa community awoke to some scary news on Saturday -- free safety Jack Koerner was reportedly involved in a serious boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The initial reports were particularly scary:
Boating accident in Lake of the Ozarks last night. Jet ski T-Boned another boat. Sounds like he was on the jet ski with another guy. Other guy air lifted, Koerner taken to a local hospital. Both listed as serious.— Ray Ortega (@RayJOrtega) June 13, 2020
Including this reported account from a witness:
Iowa's sports information department confirmed in a release the reports that Koerner had been transported to a local hospital, but indicated that the injuries were "non-life threatening."
We can confirm Jack Koerner – a junior defensive back on the University of Iowa football team and member of the 2020 Leadership Group - was injured in a watercraft accident at Lake of the Ozarks on Friday, June 12 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Koerner was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Jack had completed the first week of voluntary workouts with his Hawkeye teammates and was at the Lake of the Ozarks with his father, Gary, for a father-son weekend along with other West Des Moines families.
And earlier today Koerner provided his own update on Twitter:
I want to thank everyone who has reached out, shown support and relayed prayers. I'm going to be okay and look forward to making as fast a recovery as possible. Please everyone continue to say prayers and show support to my good friend Cole@cole_coffin— Jack Koerner (@KoernerJack) June 14, 2020
No further details about Koerner or his injuries has been made available, but it certainly sounds as though he avoided the worst-case scenarios, which is a tremendous relief. We wish a fully and speedy recovery to Koerner, as well as to his friend Cole Coffin, who was also involved in the accident and was seemingly more seriously injured. Our thoughts are with the Koerner and Coffin families.