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New Richmond man killed in boating accident

HUDSON, WI (WTAQ) - A northwest Wisconsin man killed in a boating accident on the St. Croix River is identified as 40-year-old David Riley of New Richmond.

Authorities said he was a passenger on a boat that struck a rock face.

It happened about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix south of Hudson near the Kinnickinnic State Park beach.

The boat’s owner and apparent operator, 46-year-old Patrick Puhalla of Bayport Minnesota, suffered non-life threatening injuries, along with another passenger from Hudson.

Both were taken to Regions’ Hospital in St. Paul Minnesota.

Pierce County sheriff’s officials said the boaters were on a pleasure ride from Prescott Wisconsin to Afton Minnesota when the crash occurred. The cause remains under investigation.

Officials said it was extremely dark, and a lack of moonlight might have been a factor.

Riley was the harbor-master at the Windmill Marina in Afton.

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