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Minot man charged in fatal boating incident

August 9, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man faces misdemeanor charges for a boating incident that killed a 10-year-old girl.

The Minot Daily News reports 41-year-old Dean Bartsch was charged Wednesday with prohibited operation of personal watercraft. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.

Authorities say Bartsch operated a Jet Ski without properly securing the vehicle’s engine cutoff lanyard to himself.

Haley Sundsbak died June 10 from injuries suffered the day before in a collision on Strawberry Lake. Sundsbak and another girl were on an inner tube being pulled by a boat. Bartsch’s unmanned Jet Ski struck the inner tube shortly after he was thrown from the watercraft. The other girl suffered critical injuries, but survived.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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