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Two hurt when boats collide near Perham

Two men were injured Saturday when their boat was rear-ended by another boat on Big Pine Lake near Perham.

A boat driven by Donald Piehl, 69, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., was going about 20 mph when it hit the back end of a trolling boat driven by Dennis Voigt, 61, of Perham, according to a news release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

Voigt's passenger, Kristofer Voigt, 29, of Mason City, Iowa, and Piehl's passenger, a juvenile male who wasn't identified, were thrown from their boats into the water as a result of the collision.

Both Voigts sustained possible bone fractures. Kristofer was released from the hospital. No other injuries were reported. Dennis is in critical condition at Merit Care in Fargo, N.D. He is in an induced coma with a machine breathing for him. His injuries are considered very serious.

The incident, which happened at 9:51 a.m., is under investigation.