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Update: 1 Still Hospitalized After Going Over Rapids in Boundary Waters

July 08, 2015 10:28 PM

One teenage boy from Rochester remains in the hospital Wednesday afternoon after his party lost control of their canoe and went over rapids in the Upper Basswood Falls in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Tuesday, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office said three young men were in the canoe, but the one who is still in the hospital was trapped between the canoe and rocks for nearly seven hours.

It was determined that the incident happened between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., but the Lake County Sheriff's Office didn't receive any reports until 1:08 p.m., when Sommers Canoe Base in Ely called it in. 

Authorities said it wasn't until 5:12 p.m. that a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter was used to airlift the people from Basswood Lake. According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the boy in the water was nearly unconscious for the last 30 minutes of the rescue.

The three were flown to the Seaplane Base and transported by ambulance to the Ely hospital. 

The sheriff's office originally believed the boy trapped in the water had a possible ankle fracture and hypothermia; however, they learned Wednesday that he did not fracture his ankle. They expect to release the boy from the hospital Wednesday.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office said all three victims were on from a youth church group from Rochester, Minnesota. 


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