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Minnesota boat accident victims identified as mother, daughter

Minnesota boat accident victims identified as mother, daughter

MADISON, Minn. — The two people who died Saturday when a boat capsized on Lac qui Parle Lake are a Montevideo mother and child.

According to the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office, those dead are Fernanda Mendoza, 5, and her mother, Claudia Ramirez, 34. A man, Fernando Mendoza, 35, was able to get away from the overturned boat, get to shore and call for help.

The incident was reported about 3 p.m. Saturday. The mother and child were pulled from the water and were pronounced dead at area hospitals.

The preliminary investigation shows that high winds and rough water led to the boat becoming filled with water and then turning over.

The Sheriff’s Office also cites cold water temperatures, improper life-jacket use and non-use of life jackets as contributing causes to the deaths.

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