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9-year-old seriously injured in lake mishap near Vergas

A nine-year-old boy sustained serious head injuries in a boating accident Sunday afternoon on Rose Lake, which is located northeast of Vergas.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department said the boy's condition was upgraded Monday from potentially life threatening to guarded. He was taken to Perham Hospital and later transferred to Fargo by helicopter.

According to the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, the accident occurred at about 4 p.m. Sunday as a boat operated by Dan Riehl, 39, Fargo, was pulling two nine-year-old children on a tube when the children were struck by a second boat.

A nine-year-old girl received minor injuries. However, a nine-year-old boy suffered more serious injuries.

The accident was about 200 yards southeast of the Rose Shores Campground.

Initial reports stated that the boy suffered a laceration to the head and was bleeding when brought to shore. A witness at a nearby campground with emergency room training helped care for the boy while Vergas Rescue was en route to the scene.

The boat that hit the children was also pulling tubers, according to witnesses at the scene, who added that the two boats involved in the accident were the only boats on the water at the time of the accident.

Sheriff's Department officials said the use of drugs or alcohol were not factors in the cause of the accident. However, the incident remains under investigation of the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department.

Also in the Vergas area Sunday: A Moorhead man was thrown from his moped Sunday while traveling in rural Vergas.

George Christian Parker, 61, was traveling east on Loon Drive around 10 a.m. when he veered off of the gravel road, entered the ditch and was thrown from his vehicle, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. Parker's injuries were undetermined though likely minor, the sheriff's office reports. He was transported to Perham Memorial Hospital by Pelican Ambulance.