Resort owner helps in BWCA rescue

By KBJR News 1

Resort owner helps in BWCA rescue

July 22, 2014 Updated Jul 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM CDT

Crane Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Two people were rescued from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Tuesday morning after a tree fell on the tent they were in.

According to First Lieutenant for the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, Kurt Erickson, a 13–year–old boy and a 47–year–old man were camping off Lady Boot Bay in Lac La Criox when a tree fell on their tent during Tuesday's overnight storms.

The campers were able to call for help sometime before 3 a.m.

Erickson says authorities asked nearby resort owner Mark Zup, of Zup's Resort, for help rescuing the two.

Zup was able to get the injured man and boy into his motorboat and take them to the Crane Lake portage near Anderson's Canoe Outfitters where rescue crews took over.

Erickson says the two people were out of the BWCA between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials say the 13–year–old suffered chest injuries and was having trouble breathing, while the 47–year–old suffered a broken arm and shoulder.

Both were taken to area hospitals.

Erickson says hundreds of trees are down in the BWCA following Tuesday's storms.

Zup, Mark Anderson of Anderson's Canoe Outfitters, The St. Louis County Sheriff, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, Virginia Fire Department and Orr Fire Department helped in the rescue.