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Fargo 18-year-old still in hospital following July 4 boating accident on West McDonald Lake

FARGO - Former Fargo North goaltender Nick Schmit remains hospitalized after being injured in a boating accident on July 4. The family has requested Schmit's condition not be released. The accident happened at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday on the north sid...

FARGO - Former Fargo North goaltender Nick Schmit remains hospitalized after being injured in a boating accident on July 4.

The family has requested Schmit's condition not be released.

The accident happened at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday on the north side of West McDonald Lake near Dent.

Schmit, 18, was swimming when a passing boat operated by 19-year-old Lucas Buerkley went over him, striking him with its propeller.

The boat's occupants rescued Schmit, brought him to shore and called 911.

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Schmit was taken by ambulance to Perham Health, where he was airlifted to Sanford Health in Fargo for surgery.

The boat involved in the accident - a 2000 Crownline - is owned by 49-year-old Robert Schmit of Fargo.

Buerkley is a 2011 graduate of North High School and played hockey with Schmit. He is a student at North Dakota State University.

Schmit graduated from Fargo North a month ago and was a member of the school's 2011-12 state hockey championship team.

Schmit recorded 23 saves in the Spartans' 3-2 overtime win over Grafton-Park River in the state title game.

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