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2 women forcefully rescued from inside Enbridge pipeline

In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior terminal of Enbridge Energy in Superior, Wis. Photo: AP Photo/Jim Mone, File. In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior terminal of Enbridge Energy in Superior, Wis.

Maddie Swenson
Updated: July 27, 2021 04:51 PM
Created: July 27, 2021 04:32 PM

Two women were rescued after climbing into the Enbridge pipeline in Aitkin County at the Willow River crossing on Sunday.

The Northern Lights Task Force identified the two as 21-year-old Amory Lei Zhou-Kourvo, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and 20-year-old Madeline Olivia Bayzaee, of Northfield.

The pipe, which was capped at one end, was nearly 130 degrees with reduced oxygen levels, according to the task force. The women brought respirators with them inside the pipeline and refused to leave.

A firefighter first went in to try to get the women to leave the pipeline voluntarily but had to leave due to limited oxygen in his tank, the press release stated. An officer then entered to further attempt to get the women to leave peacefully, and one of the women said they had just over three minutes left in their respirators but still refused to leave.


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