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3 hikers airlifted from Isle Royale

Aug 07, 2018 02:54PM ● Published by Editor

From WDIO-TV - August 7, 2018


The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted a group of three hikers from Isle Royale on Monday evening after a medical emergency.

The group used a satellite communication device to report the emergency at about 9 p.m.  The group was hiking in one of the roughest and remote parts of the island when an 18-year-old woman began to experience severe dehydration and was slipping into and out of consciousness.

A rescue crew flew an MH-60 helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, and lowered a rescue swimmer to the area around midnight.  It was determined that the other two hikers also appeared to be dehydrated, and all three were hoisted off the island.

The three were flown to the Duluth International Airport, where emergency responders were waiting.  The ages of the other two hikers, and the names and hometowns of all three, were not released.

The U.S. Coast Guard said this incident is a good example of why people venturing into remote areas should have something other than a cell phone to call or signal for help.

Isle Royale National Park is a roadless island in Lake Superior that can only be reached by boat or air.

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