Two people rescued from gorge above St. Louis River near Carlton

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Andrew Krueger, Duluth News Tribune

Two people rescued from gorge above St. Louis River near Carlton

June 22, 2014 Updated Jun 22, 2014 at 11:09 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Two people were rescued from a rock ledge above the fast–flowing Saint Louis River last night after getting stuck while climbing just downstream from the Minnesota Highway 210 bridge.

According to our partners at the Duluth News Tribune, a 17–year–old boy and 25–year–old man spent several hours on the small ledge about 50 feet above the river, and 50 feet from the top, before being spotted by a passerby just before nine Saturday evening.

A technical rescue team comprised of personnel from the Carlton Fire Department and Cloquet Area Fire District used ropes to hoist the boys from the gorge.

Rescuers told the DNT the two had been walking along the river bank, trying to find a way back up, and got stuck on the ledge.

Both the teen and man, who are not identified at this time, were lifted to the top safely just after 11 PM. They are not facing citations for climbing in the gorge.

While it's not illegal to be there, rescuers describe it as a dangerous, unforgiving area.

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