2 of 3 boys die after sailboat accident

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During a Saturday afternoon of sailing with their father, two of three boy siblings died in a sailboat accident in St. Paul, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

Dan Risland was out on his new sailboat for a ride on the waves on Clearwater Lake when a deadly gust of wind capsized the boat, submerging the father and three sons, ages 2, 6, and 8. According to a police report, all three boys were wearing life jackets, MPR reports.

Isaiah, the eldest son, survived the incident yet is in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, according to MPR. The others, 2-year-old Jacob and 6-year-old Zech died of hypothermia.

"The kids were his entire life. You never saw Danny without his kids," Rosie Miles, Risland's sister, told Star Tribune.

MPR didn't address any of the boys by name -- it only named the father.

Dan Risland, 31, had swam to shore after the capsized before telling his eldest to watch his two brothers, according to Star Tribune. MPR reported that he stopped a vehicle for help.

The mother, Ruth Risland, 30, was notified hours later of her children's deaths.

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