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Published August 18 2012

7 injured after lightning strikes boat on Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities say seven people have been injured on Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota after lightning struck a private sailboat.

Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Jarry Keppers said four have critical injuries, including a 9-year-old boy.

The Duluth News Tribune reported that Duluth fire crews and St. Louis County rescue workers were called to the scene shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday as scattered thunderstorms moved through the area.

Keppers said the 26-foot sailboat was about a mile from the Sky Harbor airport at the end of Minnesota Point in Duluth. Firefighters and rescue workers used boats and all-terrain vehicles to reach the sailboat.