Neighbors, 5-year-old head off boat tragedy

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 7, 2010 - 11:51 PM

With an injured father and his 1-year-old nephew overboard, others sprang into action at a Wisconsin lake.

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KrskaJun. 7, 10 8:52 PM

three todlers. You can't drive a boat and watch them at the same time. Child indangerment for sure.

reba0421Jun. 7, 10 9:02 PM

really krska?? as a mother who had a newborn, 3yo, and 5yo whom are now 3 1/2, 7 and 9.... i would have to completely disagree about child ENdangerment..... he obviously is doing a GREAT job otherwise his dtr would never have known what to do and things would have ended way differently.... you clearly have no children

KrskaJun. 7, 10 9:14 PM

That proves you can't. It should never have happened. Sorry, I was taught to shut off a boat when picking up a skier or swimmer, not to kick it into reverse accidently. Stupid is as stupid does. The kid could have been chopped up by the propeller just falling out. Once again, HE endangered the kid. Press charges. That's the only way you sorry people will learn. Oh, please excuses the Typo! Typing is not my long suit.

betsywalshJun. 7, 10 9:30 PM

Who cares. Let's just be so glad that everyone survived. There isn't a parent out there who hasn't at one time wished they could have turned back the clock one minute. Mistakes happen. Thankfully everyone is ok.

soccermomof6Jun. 7, 10 9:30 PM

That's what it's called. Thank heavens this story has a great ending... In insurance work, I've discovered there is no "stupidity" clause for people who "accidentally" damage their homes, but in most instances it's covered... so glad this little boy and all involved are okay!

krosshawkJun. 7, 10 9:38 PM

Good grief people! Accidents happen. According to some of you I was endangering my kids when I had the stove in the kitchen on and kids were nearby! Lucky something didn't happen or you'd all be calling for my head on a platter. While I was reading the story I wondered about life vests. I read they had them on and thought "good job dad." Give him some credit, I see boneheads without life vests in the boat all the time. Sometimes I'm one of them :)

chirtJun. 7, 10 9:59 PM

If accidents should "never" happen as you have said, then why do we bother to even put life jackets on our children? Answer: In case there is an accident!

bkoehnJun. 7, 1010:07 PM

If there's somebody in the water, shut the engine off! You won't need it if you set up the rescue correctly (with the boat upwind of the swimmer), and it's an unneeded hazard.

ussforrestalJun. 7, 1010:39 PM

You must feel so superior judging someone who has gotten into an accident. I'm sure you never do anything stupid because O-M-G WOW you sound so smart!

pilkJun. 7, 1011:26 PM

"That's the only way you sorry people will learn. Oh, please excuses the Typo! Typing is not my long suit." - Krska. Apparently neither is a grammar. The phrase is, 'STRONG suit'. Unless you were comparing your typing to a winning hand of cards-which I doubt for several reasons.


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