Lightning strike numbs 8 Outward Bound campers in BWCA

- A group of 8 Outward Bound campers were conducting a lightning drill near Crooked Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area late Sunday night when the group’s 2 adults and 6 children sustained ground effects from an indirect lightning strike.

According to the St. Louis County sheriff’s office, the group was spread out among the trees near Sunday Bay on Crooked Lake just after 11 p.m. when lightning struck the stand of trees above the group. Three members of the group sustained injuries, including burns and a temporary loss of consciousness, but all 8 in the group complained of numbness as a result of the strike.

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad and the U.S. Forest Service helped fly the group out to the Ely Seaplane Base, where an ambulance brought the campers to Ely Bloomenson Hospital for further medical treatment. All injuries appear to be non-life-threatening at this time.

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