Tower, MN (KROC-AM News)- A boating accident in northern Minnesota sent two people to the hospital Saturday night. 

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A news release issued Saturday night by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says first responders were called to the accident shortly after 9 p.m. It happened at an island on Lake Vermillion, which is about 90 miles north of Duluth. 

The preliminary report indicates a pontoon boat on the lake struck the island, causing a female passenger to be thrown from it onto the island. She was taken from the island to the mainland then transported to a nearby hospital with what are being described as non-life-threatening injuries. 

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An adult male who was operating the pontoon was also checked into a hospital for precautionary measures, the news release says. Authorities say darkness, speed and alcohol are believed to have caused the accident

St. Louis County Sheriff's Office news release.
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The identities of the man and woman are pending notification of next of kin, however officials say the couple is from the Twin Cities and were vacationing in the area.

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