Man Killed During Storm in Quetico Park

Updated: 07/25/2014 4:24 PM
Created: 07/25/2014 4:23 PM

Ontario Provincial Police say a West Virginia man died during Tuesday morning's storm in Quetico Provincial Park.

Charles Emerson Showalter, 63, of Wheeling, W.V., died after a tree fell on him while he slept in a tent.  He was among a group of canoeists camping at Point Lake when the storm moved through, causing a large portion of a tree at the campsite to fall.

The OPP says members of the camping group made lifesaving attempts, but were unsuccessful.  A post mortem exam was conducted at the hospital in Kenora.

Quetico Provincial Park is just north of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the U.S.  Five people from two groups were injured on the U.S. side of the border during the same storm.

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