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Boat accident on Mississippi River near Champlin leaves one dead

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Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an accident that left a boater dead on the Mississippi River.

Lt. Kent Vnuk clarified that – contrary to some early reports – only one person was aboard the boat that capsized just before 4 p.m., KARE 11 reports.


The sheriff's office said in a statement that witnesses had pulled the man from the water and were administering CPR on the riverbank when authorities arrived but the man was declared dead at the scene.

Video footage taken from helicopters above the accident scene at Mississippi Point Park near Champlin showed a sheriff's department boat towing the overturned speedboat to a landing.

Another boater told KSTP two speedboats had been on that stretch of the Mississippi for a few hours. He said he did not notice any reckless driving.

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The sheriff's office says investigators are interviewing witnesses and will reconstruct the accident scene in coming days.

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