Missing Cloquet River kayaker found in early stages of hypothermia

A missing kayaker on the Cloquet River in northeastern Minnesota was rescued early Sunday morning in the early stages of hypothermia after she went missing Saturday, an incident sheriff's officials are calling an important reminder to stick together and prepare for changes in weather.

St. Louis County deputies were told 62-year-old Susan Rae Vaughn of Two Harbors had gone missing from her group in Ault Township sometime after they had launched from the public boat access to the Cloquet River off Bear Lake Road at about 2 p.m.

Deputies didn't say when exactly Vaughn got separated from the group, but she was missing all night and rescue crews organized 4 personnel to launch 2 canoes to travel downstream from her vehicle. The squad found her kayak about 3 miles downstream, searched the land in the area and found her at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. She was transported by ambulance to St. Lukes in Two Harbors for early stage hypothermia, dehydration and bug bites.

"When found, Vaughn was cold and shivering, but was mobile and responded well to rescuers," Sgt. Brent Donahue said in a news release.

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