Sheriff: Broken exhaust system led to boat deaths

7:08 AM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
Courtesy of Northern Light Region newspaper, Baudette, Minn.
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WILLIAMS, Minn. - Authorities say a broken exhaust system led to the deaths of two men in a boat on Lake of the Woods and nearly killed a third.

Lake of the Woods County sheriff's investigators say they found an aluminum soda can shoved in one of the boat's two exhaust pipes, apparently to stop water from washing back into the engine compartment of the 25-foot cruiser.

Officials say that forced exhaust fumes back into the engine compartment and up through an uncovered engine hatch.

The boat's owner, 44-year-old Lonnie Norberg and 35-year-old Jeffrey Wheeler, both of Chapman, died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday.

Fishing buddy Christopher Klick of Crystal, age 43, was the only survivor. He blared the boat's horn as it drifted ashore to summon help.

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