An Omaha company said it will recall 19,000 inflatable rafts that are sold under the brand name Wego Kite Tubes.
The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 39 injuries reported nationwide, and the firm SportsStuff Incorporated has notified it of deaths in Wisconsin and Texas involving Wego Kite Tubes.
Authorities say 42-year-old Gregory Bykowski of Delafield, Wisconsin, was killed last month on Little St. Germain Lake in Vilas County when he suffered fatal head and chest injuries after the tube kite he was using hit the water.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' boating law administrator, Roy Zellmer, says he plans to issue a notice to DNR wardens to caution people using the devices and warn them of their potential dangers.
Tube kites are inflatable rafts tethered to the back of a powerboat. When the user pulls on the handles, the tube becomes airborne.