A mother and son are safe after spending hours floating in Leech Lake after their canoe capsized Monday.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office reports that the canoe capsized Monday on Leech Lake, with authorities being informed of the missing duo just before 3 p.m.
Deputies were informed that a 56-year-old Monticello woman and her 28-year-old son, who lives in Minneapolis, left their resort to go canoeing around 8:30 a.m. but failed to return.
It wasn't until 7:15 p.m. that their canoe was located on the north shore of Leech Lake near Hardwood Point, and a short time later the mother and son were spotted by a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter in "a very remote wooded area."
Authorities learned that life jackets likely saved their lives, as they were able to float in the water for several hours before reaching shore. They were treated by North Ambulance at the scene and transported back to their resort.
Of the 14 fatal boating accidents in Minnesota last year (2018), 13 of them included victims who were not wearing a life jacket, according to the DNR.