Personal watercraft explodes on lake, throwing man into air near Garrison

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GARRISON -- A 46-year-old man suffered unknown injuries Friday, July 19, when he was thrown off a personal watercraft after it exploded.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was called at 10:25 a.m. to a report of a personal watercraft explosion on Holt Lake off Linden Street, near Garrison. Witnesses reported the man was sitting on the watercraft, when he attempted to start it. Gasoline fumes ignited and the watercraft exploded, throwing him into air.

The man, who was wearing his life jacket, landed in the water and swam to a nearby dock where he was assisted to shore, the sheriff’s office reported.

The man suffered unknown injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mille Lacs

Health Systems in Onamia. Deputies were assisted by Garrison Fire and Rescue and Mille Lacs Health Systems Ambulance Service.

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