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Duluth police Officer Bill Stauber (left) and a Minnesota conservation officer try to move a grounded boat into deeper water Monday afternoon on the St. Louis River in Fond du Lac.(Steve Kuchera / kuchera@duluthnews.com)

Boat driver injured in western Duluth

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The driver of a boat was taken by ambulance on Monday to a Duluth hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered when he was thrown from his boat when it hit the shore of the St. Louis River in Fond du Lac.

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"He came around the corner about 10 feet from shore and went by doing Mach 1," shore fisherman Byron John of Wrenshall said. "He cut our lines. Then he hit a rock, spun around and hit the shore. He went flying." The boat grounded so hard that it took several shoves from a small excavator to refloat it. The boat's driver was conscious when he was taken from the scene.

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