Eight people, including three children, escaped injury when a boat sank on Big Kandiyohi Lake on Sunday afternoon.
A 35-year-old Hector man was operating the 1974 Larsen speedboat when the outboard motor malfunctioned. The motor tore off the transom, causing the motor and part of the boat to fall into the lake. The boat immediately took on water and sank, throwing all passengers into the water. No one was injured and they were pulled from the water by people on a nearby pontoon boat.
The age of the boat and excess occupancy weight are believed to be the cause of the total damage to the watercraft.