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Published September 03, 2013, 02:25 PM

Two men found dead in boat on Lake of the Woods, third man hospitalized

Two men found dead in a boat on Lake of the Woods died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. That's according to preliminary autopsy results.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

Two men found dead in a boat on Lake of the Woods died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. That's according to preliminary autopsy results.

The two men who were killed and a third man who remains hospitalized were found around 11:30 Sunday night near Birch Beach, north of Williams, Minnesota. Lake of the Woods County Sheriff Gary Fish says the investigation indicates that a faulty exhaust system may be the cause of high levels of carbon monoxide.

The victims have been identified as Camplin, Minnesota residents -- 44-year-old Lonnie Ray Norberg and 35-year-old Jeffrey Edward Wheeler. 43-year-old Christopher Andrew Klick of Crystal, Minnesota survived and remains hospitalized at Altru in Grand Forks. Police say the bodies were found near Birch Bay. The survivor was transported by Lake of the Woods Ambulance to LakeWood Health Center in Baudette, Minnesota. A report from Page One Publications and the Northern Light newspaper in Baudette indicated the men were on a 25-foot Baja Cruiser boat that apparently floated to shore. Eyewitness accounts indicate the cover was off the engine compartment.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation. Authorities have not said whether or not they believe the incident was a result of criminal action and say they will have more information following autopsies.

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