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2 severely injured in Rainy Lake boat mishap

The motor was thrown onto the boat, causing the propeller to strike both men.

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INTERNATIONAL FALLS — Two men were severely injured Thursday night when their boat crashed into a rock on Rainy Lake, throwing the motor aboard.

Joshua Urban, 32, and Nicholas Hagen, 34, both of International Falls, were taken by ambulance to Rainy Lake Medical Center and then later airlifted to another hospital for trauma care, according to the Koochiching County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said the incident was called in by one of the boaters at 9:19 p.m. near Franzen Island. While emergency crews responded to the area, the boat was being towed by another vessel toward a residence on County Road 134.

International Falls police officers were first to arrive, beginning life-saving measures, including applying tourniquets to both men. The International Falls Ambulance Service and Minnesota State Patrol also arrived on scene.

The sheriff's office said preliminary investigation showed that the boat struck a rock, causing the still-running motor to land between the operator and passenger. Both men suffered "significant" injuries from the propeller — one to the right leg and the other to the left arm and left leg.

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Authorities did not specify which man was operating the boat at the time, and there was no further word on their current condition. The sheriff's office said the incident remains under investigation.

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