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Missing canoeist found deceased after search operation on Tuscarora Lake

May 20, 2020 06:53PM ● By Editor

From the Cook County MN Sheriff's Office - May 20, 2020

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch was notified of an overturned canoe on Tuscarora Lake at approximately 1:51 pm, today. It was learned that three people were in a canoe which had capsized on Tuscarora Lake. Two of the people swam to an island and one, a 29-year-old male, was reported missing.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Cook County Search & Rescue, Gunflint Fire Department, North Shore Health Ambulance, Minnesota DNR Conservation Officers, United States Border Patrol, United States Forest Service (USFS) Law Enforcement and a USFS Beaver float plane responded to the staging area at Tuscarora Lodge to begin search and rescue operations. 

The body of the missing party was located in the water and was recovered at approximately 3:26 pm by the USFS Beaver. The body was transported to North Shore Health by Cook County Search & Rescue. 

“This certainly is not how we hoped the search would turnout, and a tough way to start the season just days after the stay-at-home order was lifted,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. “Our hearts are with the two survivors and the deceased’s family. I also commend all of our emergency services who responded to this incident with swift actions and professionalism.”

Identity is being withheld pending notification of family. No further information at this time.

Sheriff Pat Eliasen
[email protected]
Cook County Sheriff’s Office
143 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604