One child dies, another hurt following jet ski accident on Strawberry Lake

Local News 12-6-2018 KMOT 26

MCLEAN COUNTY, N.D. – A 10-year-old girl from Des Lacs has died, and another ten-year-old girl is recovering from injuries, following an accident involving a jet ski on Strawberry Lake Saturday afternoon.

The McLean County Sheriff says that shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday, an errant jet ski struck the girls, who where riding on an inner tube that was being pulled by a boat.

The Sheriff says that Dean Bartsch of Minot was driving the jet ski when he was ejected from it. The jet ski continued on uncontrolled and struck the girls. They were immediately taken to shore until emergency personnel arrived on scene.

The victim was airlifted to a Minot hospital. She was later transported to a hospital in Minnesota were she died on Sunday. The other girl was taken to a Minot hospital and is still being attended to. Her condition is unknown.

The incident remains under investigation by the McLean County Sheriff’s Department and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

We will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.


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