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Update: Searchers find second body after boat crash

The death toll has risen to 2.

Authorities have found the body of a Minnesota boater who went missing after a crash on the Mississippi River over the weekend. 

The victim, who's been identified as 47-year-old Kevin Lee Hanson of Mabel, was one of two people killed in the accident, which happened Saturday when a "32-foot, 10-passenger pleasure craft" hit a concrete pylon near Wildcat Park in southeast Minnesota. 

Hanson's body was recovered on Sunday afternoon, according to a statement from the Vernon County Sheriff's Office in Viroqua, Wisconsin

Authorities have identified the other fatality as 56-year-old Diana Lynn Klankowski of Spring Grove, Minnesota. She was pronounced dead on the shore about half an hour after Saturday's collision. 

The boat's five other occupants were all injured in the crash and taken to the hospital; one of them has since been released, but there's no word yet on the current conditions of the other survivors. 

The release from the Vernon County sheriff says the watercraft had the "required numbers of personal flotation devices" on board, but they were "not in use" at the time of the crash.

Authorities are still investigating the exact cause of the accident. 

Boat crashes in Minnesota

As of July of this year, the state has seen 42 boating accidents, preliminary DNR data says.

That includes nine fatalities. That's already higher than the number of boating deaths that Minnesota normally sees by July, according to statistics from the last several years.

Last year, a total 17 people lost their lives to boating accidents and drownings in the state.

For tips on how to stay safe on the water, check out this link

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