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Man hanging onto overturned canoe rescued from northern MN lake

The man was taken to the hospital after suffering from hypothermic medical conditions.

A man on an overturned canoe was rescued from a St. Louis County lake Thursday afternoon. 

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, a 911 caller reported they found a man hanging onto an overturned canoe on Elbow Lake in Beatty Township at 4:41 p.m. 

The caller brought the man, later identified as 42-year-old Kyle Westrick of Duluth, to the boat landing, where first responders met him and transported him to Cook Hospital. 

Westrick, who suffered hypothermic medical conditions, was later taken via air medical service to a hospital in Duluth.

The Minnesota DNR said earlier this month about 30% of fatal boating incidents in Minnesota happen during the cold-water period. 

“... Even among the strongest of swimmers, a fall into the water in April is far more dangerous than the same fall in July because of the incapacitating effects of cold water," Col. Rodmen Smith, director of the DNR Enforcement Division said in a statement. 

Officials encourage people to wear life jackets (foam is more effective than inflatable when it's cold), which is the one thing most likely to help someone survive after a fall into cold water. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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