Crews rescue 5 children, 3 adults missing in BWCA after canoes capsized

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: June 13, 2014 - 7:38 AM

ELY, Minn. — Search and rescue crews have located the eight members of a canoe party missing in the Boundary Waters near Ely after their canoes capsized.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that the canoeists were a Boy Scout troop.

Authorities say the three adults and five children were treated at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital Thursday night. Lake County Rescue Squad's Justin Mayne tells WDIO-TV ( ) the eight appeared to be in good condition, although some were being monitored for hypothermia.

The eight were in two separate canoes that capsized on Basswood Lake. They were reported missing about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the State Patrol joined county first responders in the search. Three of the missing canoeists were found near Canadian Point. The five others were found just north of Washington Island.

Scanner reports indicated that everyone had been brought to safety by 8:45 p.m., the News Tribune said.

Six of the eight were taken to the hospital by air. The two others were transported by ambulance.

Winds were gusting across Minnesota Thursday and may have been a factor in the capsizing.

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