Minneapolis Woman Injured in Boating Accident on Christmas Lake

September 16, 2017 09:23 PM

A 30-year-old woman sustained significant injuries during a boating accident on Christmas Lake Friday night.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department Water Patrol identified the woman as Courtney Godfrey.

Water patrol confirmed the woman, along with her husband, 41-year-old Ryan Novaczyk, were on the water at about 7 p.m Friday evening.  Authorities say Novacyzk was driving the boat and reportedly made a sharp turn.

Godfrey fell overboard and her foot became tangled in the boat's propeller, according to water patrol.  A call for help was made and authorities arrived at a relative's home on Christmas Lake. Godfrey was transported by first responders to a hospital for her injuries.  Relatives at the home confirmed she lost a limb and will need a prosthesis.

Novaczyk was taken into custody and was booked into the Hennepin County Jail for suspicion of criminal vehicular operation with bodily harm.  Novacyk has since been released from jail.  

When reached at the couple's Minneapolis condo, Novaczyk referred all questions to a representative.

Authorities are investigating the circumstances of the boating incident, including toxicology tests.  Relatives said Saturday alcohol was not a factor and this was an accident.  In a statement they also said, "Courtney and Ryan are together, she's recovering in good spirits, they appreciate the love and support and ask for privacy to focus on healing."



Beth McDonough

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