One dead, four injured after boat hits tree

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Journal Photo/Louise Oleson
A single-craft boating accident took place early Sunday morning. One was killed and four were injured as a result of the boat striking a tree near the Haybale Heights Campground.

By Harry Lipsiea

Journal Reporter

A boating accident led to one death and four injuries near Devils Lake early Sunday morning, the Ramsey County Sheriff's office reports.

Officials believe the boat, carrying five individuals, struck a tree causing several of the occupants to be thrown from the boat.

The accident took place approximately 200 yards southwest of the Haybale Heights Campground, according to a press release.

April Stenger, 26, Detroit Lakes, Minn., was pronounced dead at the scene after the single-craft accident.

Kyle Everson, 26, Devils Lake, was life-flighted to Grand Forks Altru from the scene.

Joel Kurtz Jr., 26, Devils Lake, Daniel Brommenschenkel, 40, Halstad, Minn., and Tom Burns, Grand Forks, 54, were transported to Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake and later transferred to Grand Forks Altru.

Everson, Kurtz and Brommenschenkel were listed in critical condition at the time of transfer.

According to the press release, Burns was the owner and operator of the boat at the time of the crash.

The accident took place around 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

"An individual at the campground heard the accident and called 911," Steve Nelson, Ramsey County sheriff, stated.

This case remains open. Currently, the investigation appears to be in its early stages.

"We are conducting interviews with individuals who were in the area at the time of the crash as well as anyone who had contact with the individuals," Nelson said. “It is all currently under investigation.”

Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, Lake Region Search and Rescue, Lake Region Ambulance, Devils Lake City Fire, Devils Lake Rural Fire, Valley Med Flight and ND Highway Patrol all responded to the scene.