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Montevideo mother, child are Lac qui Parle Lake boating incident victims

MADISON — The two people who died Saturday when a boat capsized on Lac qui Parle Lake are a Montevideo mother and child.

According to the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office, those dead are Fernanda Mendoza, 5, and her mother, Claudia Ramirez, 34. A man, Fernando Mendoza, 35, was able to get away from the overturned boat, get to shore and call for help.

The incident was reported around 3 p.m. Saturday near Boyd’s Landing. The mother and child were pulled from the water and were pronounced dead at area hospitals.

The preliminary investigation shows that high winds and rough water led to the boat becoming filled with water and then turning over.

The Sheriff’s Office also cites cold water temperatures, improper life-jacket use and non-use of life jackets as contributing causes to the deaths.

Assisting at the scene were the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, Montevideo Fire Department, Montevideo Ambulance Service, Milan Fire Department, Milan First Responders, Swift County Sheriff's Office, Appleton Police Department, Dawson Fire Department, Dawson Ambulance Service, Dawson Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Numerous bystanders and fishermen also assisted.

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