Police Identify 9-Year-Old Evansdale Boy Killed in Water Skiing Accident

By Chris Earl, Reporter

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Evansdale police have released the name of a nine-year-old boy killed in a water skiing accident at Eagle Lake. His name is Bodee Peterson, of Hudson. Police say Bodee was a student at Hudson School, the shcool has counselors on hand today for students.

Investigators say around 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, they responded to the lake after reports of a person hit by a boat. Police say the child and two other people fell while skiing at Eagle Lake, where the Waterhawks Ski Club holds performances.

The boat's driver told investigators that he thought the three swam to shore. The boat's nose blocked his view of them in the water. Emergency workers took the child to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, where the child died a short time later.

Sgt. Jeff Jensen, of the Evansdale Police Department, tells KCRG-TV9 he was the first officer on the scene. He said the nine-year-old boy had "injuries to his back and shoulder areas".

Investigators say Bodee was a member of the Waterhawks but this outing was more informal.

"The day before school starts," said Jensen. "One last time on the water before heading back to school."

Police say they're treating the incident as an accident, and do not plan to file charges.

"A true tragedy," said Jensen. "Nobody intended this to happen but it did."

There's no word on the condition of the other people who fell into the water during the same incident.
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