Four rescued from Lake Superior near Castle DangerFour people in two canoes were rescued off choppy Lake Superior waters Tuesday in Castle Danger.
By: Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
Four people in two canoes were rescued off choppy Lake Superior waters Tuesday in Castle Danger. The paddlers left the Grand Superior Lodge area in the early afternoon and high winds soon took them out farther than they could handle.
Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson said rescuers called the four “lucky” to be alive. “One of my deputies said Search and Rescue just saved four lives,” Johnson said.
When Lake County Search and Rescue teams were called in, the canoes had floated north toward the Twin Points area. They were overturned with the people clinging to them. Johnson said two of the canoers were very cold, one unable to walk once on shore.
After being taken to Lake View Memorial Hospital in Two Harbors, the two canoers were sent to a Duluth hospital for hypothermia treatment.
Johnson praised his rescue team for its efforts, saying members spend a lot of time in the wild during the summer months. Last week, teams hiked five miles in and out of an area north of Isabella to help a person in trouble. “We have a good bunch of volunteers,” Johnson said.