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.