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Water Skiing Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) -- A Naples teen training for a water skiing
competition died after hitting a boat.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office reports that the Southern
Extreme Water Ski Show team was practicing a new stunt Thursday
evening when 19-year-old Danny Michalik, who was skiing behind one
boat, ran into the side of a second boat. The team's president,
52-year-old David Reinerstein, told deputies that Michalik was
supposed to ski around the second boat as part of the stunt.

The team was training at a lake next to Miromar Outlets in
Estero, where the group normally performs every Sunday. They did
not perform this past Sunday.

Michalik was taken to a Fort Myers hospital with cuts on his
head and possible broken bones. He died Friday morning.


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