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Tragic Boating Death

In today's Star Tribune there was a follow-up article to one earlier this week about a boating accident on Lake of the Woods last Sunday. In the earlier article mentioned that three friends were out boating and two of them died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. There was some question as to how this could of happened. That is answered in today's article. It turns out that the boat's owner (who died in the accident) had jury rigged the exhaust system of the boat due to a leak. Eight pop can was used to plug one of the exhaust pipes to prevent water from getting in. This had the unintended effect of causing exhaust fumes to back up into the engine compartment. As a result, the fumes then backed up into the passenger area and overcame all three men, killing two of them. Both of the dead men were from Champlin.