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Young Canoeists Rescued On St. Croix

Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 7:10 am

Thankfully tragedy was avoided Friday on the St. Croix River as authorities rescued a group of young female canoeists who became stranded on the banks of the river in Burnett County.

The 14 teenagers and young adults and their two counselors were from the YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson. Authorities say the group got stranded after some of their canoes were swamped by high water.

The Burnett County sheriff’s office got a call for help around 8:45 p.m. Thursday night, just before sundown. The Duluth News Tribune reports a hovercraft and boats were used to rescue the campers. The rescue wasn’t completed until early Friday.

Everyone in the group was accounted for and returned to Camp St. Croix. One canoeist was treated for apparent exposure.

The canoeists were rescued from a remote wilderness area which was accessible only by the river.

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