Update / Overdue parties BWCA

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office News Release

Incident Date:6/1/17

Incident Time:1130

Incident Location: BWCA Moose River Access Echo Trail.

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INDIVIDUAL(S) INVOLVED: (Refer to News Media Policy-Rules III A. I Thru 4: Procedures B.1, A thru J & 1; 2b; 3b; g & h; 4a, b, & c)

Name: Charles Kelly

Name: Pamela Scaia


Age: 66

Age: 65


Address: Brooklyn Park, MN

Address: New Hope, MN


Incident Summary:

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office received a report of overdue parties on a canoe trip off of the Echo Trail in the BWCA. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad is currently searching for the group at their reported access point believed to be the Moose River access located off of the Echo Trail. The party of 3 was due out of the wilderness area on Monday May 29th and consists of 2 males and a female. The search consists of land, air, and water resources at this time and is ongoing. The Sheriff's Office will report any updates to the search as they become available.

Assisting Agencies

St Louis County Sheriff's Rescue Squad, MN DNR, US Forest Service. Air National Guard, Minnesota State Patrol

Authority:  Lt. Nate Skelton                                   Date: 6/1/17              Time:1800

Additional Information or Update:

On 6/02/2017 at around 1 AM, a fixed wing aircraft operated by the Minnesota State Patrol that was searching for the lost parties near Oyster Lake located them when the lost parties used a flashlight from the ground to signal the plane.  Shortly after that, a helicopter from the Air Guard out of Duluth retrieved the two stranded canoers.  There were only two in the group as opposed to three as originally thought.  Both people were located uninjured and taken to Ely Hospital as a precautionary measure.

Authority:  Sergeant Grant Toma            Date:      6/02/17           Time: 3 AM