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Boater rescues 3 hunters from possible drowning

The incident happened on a lake in Crow Wing County.

A 71-year-old man is being credited with rescuing three hunters from possible drowning on Friday.

The incident happened at around 8:18 in the morning when the hunters' boat capsized on Camp Lake in Crow Wing County.

A member of the hunting party was able to place a call to authorities, but luckily, a local resident had witnessed what was happening while he was sipping coffee in his home, according to a news release from the local sheriff's department.

Having sensed the boaters were in distress, the man sprang into action and drove his pontoon boat out onto the lake, managing to rescue all three hunters and their dogs.

As the sheriff's release notes, with temperatures dropping and lake water getting colder, the hunters could have died had the pontoon owner not intervened. 

The three men were treated for possible hypothermia. 

The circumstances of the incident and cause of the sinking aren't yet clear. 

Camp Lake is located near the town of Garrison. 

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