Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beacon alerts police to stranded canoeist

On Monday around 2 p.m., Rainy River District OPP officers were contacted by a Minnesota tourist outfitter.
They advised that one of their camp patrons, who had set out on a canoe trip, had sent a SPOT locater message indicating they needed help on Kawnipi Lake in Quetico Park.

Police were informed of the GPS co-ordinates and made efforts to respond that day, but were delayed due to poor weather.
Quetico park employees in the area located the canoeist. His canoe had drifted away from him and he was stranded on the lake. They retrieved his canoe.
OPP Emergency Response Team members were unable to fly due to poor weather conditions and were subsequently stood down.

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