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Death hits Flyers again
Young defenseman dies in boating accident
Posted: Monday July 26, 1999 09:25 PM
An autopsy report released Monday said he bled to death.
The 22-year-old Russian was on the boat with two players from the minor-league Philadelphia Phantoms, Francis Belanger and Mihail Chernov, when the accident occurred on Okanagan Lake near Kelowna, about three hours east of Vancouver.
"He was kneeling up on the seats at the very front of the boat," Staff Sgt. Phillip Boissonneault of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Saturday. "The boat hit a wave, which caused Dmitri to lose his balance and fall forward overboard. And then the boat ran over top of him and he was struck by the propeller."
Tertyshny had two goals and eight assists as a rookie last year in 62 games. He was drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round of the 1995 NHL entry draft but he continued to play in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia, until joining the Flyers last season.
He was among 11 players in Kelowna for a power skating clinic. Many of his teammates were just returning from Vermont, where they had participated in John LeClair's charity golf tournament.
He said counseling will be available for players who were shaken up by the tragedy.
Tertyshny did not die right away, according to Boissonneault.
"He suffered some very severe lacerations to his neck," he said, adding that Tertyshny, who was not wearing a life preserver, was bleeding severely, and likely severed his jugular vein, when he was pulled into the boat, and likely died in the boat.
Boissonneault said a local woman identified as Michelle Monroe, who had met the players on the beach, was also on the boat.
Alcohol was consumed by the boating party, but Belanger, who was operating the boat, was not legally impaired, Boissonneault said.
"We cannot prove any criminal responsibility by any of the individuals on board and there are no charges contemplated at this time," Boissonneault said.
Tertyshny's wife, Pauline, is four months pregnant and living in
Russia. A Flyers spokesman said the body will be returned to Russia for
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