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The so-called last weekend of summer turned into a dangerous one on Meeker County lakes.

Two watercraft accidents on two different lakes injured boaters on Sunday and Monday, according to news releases from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

At 6:44 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a report of a collision between a personal watercraft and a boat on Lake Manuella in Ellsworth Township.

According to the news release, a Jet Ski driven by Cole Stuedeman, 16, of Plato collided with a boat driven by Roman Bloemke, 44, of Hutchinson. Both craft sustained moderate damage.

Stuedeman was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital by family members for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The sheriff’s office continues to investigate.

The next day, deputies responded at 4:32 p.m. to a watercraft accident on Lake Francis in Kingston Township.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, a boat driven by Jeremy Dahlen, 46, of Clear Lake rolled on its side, apparently caused when line slack, while pulling tubers, snapped tight.

As a result of the boat rolling, Maddelyn Dahlen, 19, a passenger in the boat, was thrown into the back of the watercraft and received minor injuries. She was treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Brent Schacherer is publisher of the Hutchinson Leader and Litchfield Independent Review.

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