2 missing canoeists rescued at Leech Lake Monday

2 missing canoeists rescued at Leech Lake Monday Photo: SPFD

Updated: August 20, 2019 11:17 AM

Two canoeists were rescued after being missing for several hours Monday.

The St. Paul Fire Department said members of Rescue Squad 3 had a Minnesota Aviation Rescue Team (MART) deployment to Leech Lake Monday at about 5 p.m.


The Cass County Sheriff's Office said deputies initially were notified that a 56-year-old Monticello woman and her 28-year-old son had left a resort at about 8:30 a.m. and still hadn't returned by 3 p.m.

With the help of the State Patrol helicopter, a canoe was spotted at about 7:15 p.m. on the north shore, near Hardwood Point, and both people were located in a remote wooded area a short time later.

According to the sheriff's office, the two were canoeing and had capsized. They said they floated in the water for several hours, eventually ending up on shore.

They were transported back to the resort and treated on scene.

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