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Montevideo American-News
  • Two dead after boat overturns on Lac qui Parle Lake

  • According to a press release from the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Office, on June 8, at approximately 3 p.m., the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's office was informed of an overturned boat on Lac qui Parle Lake near Boyd's Landing with three occupants.
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  • According to a press release from the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Office, on June 8, at approximately 3 p.m., the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's office was informed of an overturned boat on Lac qui Parle Lake near Boyd's Landing with three occupants. Preliminary investigation shows that high winds and rough water led to the boat becoming water-filled and later turning over. A 35 year-old Montevideo man, Fernando Mendoza, was able to get away from the overturned boat, get to shore, and call for help.
     
    Two individuals were pulled from the water and taken to area hospitals where they were pronounced dead, the press release states. The victims are a five year old girl, Fernanda Mendoza, and her mother, a 34 year old Claudia Ramirez, both of Montevideo.
     
    The press release lists cold water temperatures, improper life-jacket use and none-use of life jackets as contributing causes to the deaths. The incident is still being investigated by the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office.

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