Women Uninjured after Being Lost for Night in BWCAW

Updated: 09/01/2014 10:59 PM
Created: 09/01/2014 10:58 PM

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says that a 40-year-old Iowa woman is safe after rescuers responded to a a emergency locater beacon deployed in the Boundary Waters early Monday.

GPS coordinates from the beacon allowed the St. Louis County Rescue Squad to locate a group of 18 from a community college just after midnight near the Canadian border. 

The party told an elderly couple camping nearby that 40-year-old Janene Lee Stewart wandered away from her group's campsite on Sunday and hadn't returned. The elderly couple then deployed their rescue beacon. 

Rescue squad members were preparing to assist further in the search on Monday when members of Stewart's party found her on the island they were camping.

After walking from away from the campsite, Stewart it got too dark, and she decided to wait until daylight to try to find her way back to the campsite safely.

Stewart was uninjured.

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