Publish date:

Boater who died on Lake Minnetonka ID'd as Shorewood father-of-four

Erick Barbieri-Astorga's body was recovered on Sunday morning.

The boater who died in an accident on Lake Minnetonka Sunday has been identified as a Shorewood father-of-four.

Family have identified Erick Barbieri-Astorga as the victim of the tragedy that unfolded over the weekend, with the 40-year-old reported missing on Saturday before his body was found on Sunday morning.

Authorities found his boat circling unoccupied, with divers focusing search efforts near the Big Island area before his body was eventually recovered.

A GoFundMe page set up to help his family revealed Barbieri-Astorga was a husband and a father of four girls from Shorewood.

The fundraiser has been created to help his wife, Denise, with the funeral expenses as well as to pay for medications for two of his daughters, who have "lifelong medical conditions."

"He was their main provider," Kathy Whetston Bakkelund wrote on GoFundMe. "His loss will create not only incredible emotional hardships for his family, but financial strain while they adjust to life without their daddy and husband."

She described the 40-year-old as "an incredibly loving and generous man."

Follow BMTN on Flipboard for the latest stories.

"He was always willing to help anyone out however he could," she wrote. "He adored his daughters and loved spending his time with them. He loved his boat and being on the lake.

"He was the life of any party, and would make friends anywhere and everywhere he went. Always excited to try new things and new adventures. He had a wonderful way of making people feel welcome and wanted. Losing him leaves a tremendous hole in our family."

"Our hearts are shattered," she finishes. "We love you, Erick."

As of Monday lunchtime, the fundraiser had generated almost $7,500 in donations.

Next Up

Lakeville South

May bomb threat at south metro school traced to Lakeville area kid

Months of investigation led to the digital footprint of the juvenile.

WIkimedia Commons - Frey April 20, 2021

Frey backs creation of Dept. of Public Safety, removal of police staffing minimums

He is in favor of removing police staffing minimums from the city charter – which this November's ballot question would also do.

Foreman tl - Flug-Presley tr - Sturm bl - Pettus br - Go Fund Me and Facebook

St. Paul PD takes over quadruple killing probe after it emerged they died in Minnesota

A "thorough investigation" reveled where the four Minnesotans were killed.

superior national forest

Highway 1 reopens as Greenwood Fire is 80% contained

The highway has been closed for about a month.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, September 20

Data in Monday reports includes the past Friday, not the weekend. Weekend data is released on Tuesdays.


Driver killed in ATV rollover crash north of Alexandria

The crash occurred in Douglas County Sunday evening.


Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 2.24.03 PM

Body found in search for missing boater on Prior Lake

The body was found around noon on Monday.

hennepin county sheriff

Chanhassen man ID'd as boater who drowned on Lake Minnetonka

The boaters encountered rough waters on May 4. They weren't wearing life jackets.

Body found in search for missing boater on Lake Minnetonka

His empty boat was found on the water Saturday evening.

Pixabay - jet skis resting

Teen who died in Lake Minnetonka jet ski crash identified

The victim was a 15-year-old boy from Chanhassen.

Screen Shot 2020-08-17 at 8.53.28 AM

Boat goes up in flames on Lake Minnetonka

The occupants were able to escape to safety.

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 8.52.19 PM

Watch: Boat destroyed by fire on Lake Minnetonka

The blaze erupted on the vessel Thursday evening.

Searchers find body of boater missing in northern Minnesota

Authorities found the body in Hay Lake at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.