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Worker dies on boat off Apostle Islands

A worker was fatally injured Sunday aboard the 1,000-foot laker Stewart J. Cort off the Apostle Islands.

The Bayfield County Sheriff's Department indentified the victim as Denton Heske, 61, of Harrison, Mich. According to the sheriff's department, Heske and two others were doing repairs in the ship and Heske was caught in the conveyer belt system and crushed between the belt and a roller.

The Bayfield Coast Guard station contacted the sheriff's department around 9:15 p.m. Sunday requesting Emergency Medical Technicians from the Bayfield Ambulance service ride with them to the Cort about 10 miles northwest of Devil's Island. When the Coast Guard and EMT's arrived aboard the Cort, they found the ship's staff performing CPR on Heske. It was reported that CPR had been started immediately after the accident and had been performed for about an hour. Heske was moved to the Coast Guard boat. CPR was continued until medical control for the EMT's advised them to stop.

The Bayfield County Sheriff's Department, the Bayfield County Coroner's Department and the Coast Guard Duluth Station investigated the death and determined that it was accidental.

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