abc
QUICK LINKS:

Multiple Campers Injured by Falling Trees in Northern St. Louis Co.

Updated: 07/22/2014 6:19 PM
Created: 07/22/2014 1:09 PM WDIO.com

Multiple campers were injured by falling trees when a storm came through northern St. Louis County early Tuesday morning.

In one incident, two women with serious injuries were taken out of the Loon Lake area by plane. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad said they had trees laying on them for several hours. Others in their party had less severe injuries.

Those injured in the Loon Lake incident include a 53-year-old woman from Minneapolis, a 62-year-old woman from St. Cloud, and a 60-year-old woman from Northfield, Vermont.

In another incident about ten miles away, two people were injured while camping out near Lady Boot Bay on Lac La Croix Lake.  Kirk Sanchez, 47, and Hayden Toups, 13, were inside different tents when they were injured at around 2:45 a.m.  They were among a group of 17 people at the site.

The rescue squad received assistance from Zup's Resort owner Mark Zupancich to transport the victims to a marina, where they were transferred to for an ambulance trip to the Virginia hospital. The two were rescued by about 7:30 a.m.

Both victims in the Lady Boot Bay incident are from Louisiana.  Their injuries are not life-threatening.  A family friend told WBRZ-TV that Sanchez was protecting his son when the storm came through and suffered a broken arm.  

Rescue Squad Lt. Kurt Erickson said that the rescue was possible because of the good coordination between the first responders, the outfitter, Zupancich, and the rescue squad. He also said the group had a satellite phone to call for help.

Front Page

  • Allegiant Departing Duluth Int'l for Good in May

    Less than a week after Allegiant Airlines said they were going to suspend service to Las Vegas from Duluth International Airport in August, officials from the company are now saying they will pull out of Duluth altogether by May 18th. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Allegiant Airlines is currently the third largest carrier in Duluth.

  • Superior Kids Compete in 42nd Annual Track-O-Rama

    Hundreds of fifth-graders competed in track events for the 42nd Annual Track-o-Rama at UWS on Thursday. One of the UWS faculty members says the goal is to give them a chance to think about what the future might hold as far as college and sports.

  • Johnston Sues Duluth School District, Fellow Board Members

    Duluth School Board member Art Johnston has filed a federal lawsuit against the school district and five of his fellow board members, alleging that his civil and constitutional rights were violated when the board voted to remove him from office.

  • Duluth Children's Museum: Seeking Input From Families

    The Duluth Children's Museum is looking for input as they plan ahead for the future.

  • Grand Marais Wins Travel Contest

    Grand Marais has been named the "Coolest Small Town in America" in an online contest held by Budget Travel magazine. The magazine says Grand Marais won 30 percent of the votes in the competition with 14 other towns. 

 
Advertisement