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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Family members are asking for prayers for an 8-year-old boy hospitalized after a sailboat accident that claimed the lives of his two brothers.

Isaiah Risland is at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Hospital spokesman Justin Theodotou was not authorized to release additional information about his condition Sunday, but officials with the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office said a day earlier that he was in critical condition.

Authorities say Isaiah, his two brothers and their father were sailing Friday on Clearwater Lake when their boat capsized, throwing them into the frigid water.

All three boys were wearing life jackets. Their dad, Dan Risland, swam for help. But 2-year-old Jacob and 6-year-old Zech did not survive. They apparently died of hypothermia.

Clearwater County Sheriff Mike Erickson says his staff was “struck terribly by this tragedy.”

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