Jet skis crash in northern Minnesota, police say alcohol a factor

The incident happened on Little Sturgeon Lake.
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A crash between two jet skis on a northern Minnesota lake resulted in some serious leg injuries Friday, with police saying alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says it was called to Little Sturgeon Lake in Side Lake just after 3 p.m.

It emerged that a man and woman, aged 38 and 34 from Hibbing, were traveling east on the lake on a jet ski, when the driver turned right towards the shore.

It then collided with a westbound jet ski driven by a 37-year-old man from Chisholm.

All three occupants were ejected from the jet skis, with the Hibbing man suffering a serious leg injuries that required he be airlifted to Essentia-Health Duluth.

The woman passenger also suffered an injury to her left leg, and was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health-Virginia.

The Chisholm man on the westbound jet ski was not injured.

"Alcohol was determined to be a contributing factor in the accident," the sheriff's office said.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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