Boy Scout canoeists rescued in Boundary Waters

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ELY, Minn. (AP) -- A Boy Scout party is safe after their two canoes capsized on a windswept lake in the Boundary Water Canoe Area in northeastern Minnesota.

The air and sea rescue was completed around sunset Thursday on Basswood Lake, north of Ely.

Reports say the five Scouts, their two leaders and a local Scout guide were left soggy and shaking off mild hypothermia.

Justin Mayne, a captain with the Lake County Rescue Squad, says searchers found three of the missing canoeists near Canadian Point. The other five were spotted on land north of Washington Island.

Six were brought to safety on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service float plane, and the other two by boat.

The Scouts were participating in a Northern Tier High Adventure Program, based in Ely.


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