Girl Scouts not injured by lightning in Boundary Waters

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ELY, Minn. — All nine Girl Scouts whose Boundary Waters campsite was hit by lightning Friday evening were “checked out and cleared by Ely Ambulance,” the Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported Saturday morning.

Rescue squads helped guide the Girl Scouts out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Saturday morning, July 27, after several were believed to have been struck by lightning Friday night.

The Scouts, ages 13-20, were at their campsite on Knife Lake at 7:15 p.m. when a line of thunderstorms came through and the lightning strike hit, according to the sheriff’s office. However, no one was directly hit by lightning.

Just before 4 a.m., the entire party and all rescue personnel arrived safely at Moose Landing, according to a rescue squad post on Facebook.

Initially, two of the nine showed concerning symptoms, said Rick Slaten of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad at about 10 p.m. Friday.


All nine were "awake, alert and able to move without assistance" and were never missing or trapped, the team clarified.

The sprawling Knife Lake, located some 30 miles northeast of Ely, straddles the border between the United States and Canada.

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