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Group rescued as canoe capsizes after hitting rocks near Cloquet

A large group was traveling down the Cloquet River when the emergency arose.

A rescue was launched on the Cloquet River in northeastern Minnesota after a canoe capsized on Sunday afternoon.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says a group of six adults and two children were split between three kayaks and a canoe when those in the canoe got into difficulty near the intersection of Hwys. 33 and 53.

Halfway into their journey, the canoe got hung up on some rocks and was severely damaged as a result, capsizing shortly after.

Fortunately, all those in the canoe were able to make it to shore without injury, but couldn't carry on as there wasn't enough room in the remaining kayaks.

The county rescued squad was dispatched to pick them up, bringing five members of the group to safety, with the remaining three continuing down the river in the kayaks.

"This is another example of the dedicated volunteers of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Rescue Squad using their knowledge and equipment to assist people who run into trouble while out on our waterways and woodlands," the sheriff's office said.

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