Rochester teen trapped for hours in Boundary Waters rapids tells of harrowing experience


A Rochester teen is recovering after getting stuck for more than six hours in rapids in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness before being rescued.

Asher Bloom, 16, was on a church group canoe trip to the northern Minnesota wilderness area Tuesday, when the canoe he and two others were riding in was sucked into the rapids.

KARE 11 reports the trio "plunged 25-30 feet in the rapids." The canoe hit a rock and flipped over. The other two teens were able to get away, KAAL reports. The canoe wrapped around the rock, trapping Bloom's foot. According to the Post Bulletin, the rapids led to a waterfall. 

The Post Bulletin reports other canoers in the group went to shore and found a Boy Scout group to radio for emergency help.

Bloom spent more than six hours caught in the rapids. After emergency crews arrived at the remote area, it took them about two hours to rescue him, the Post Bulletin reports.

When Bloom was finally freed, he was barely conscious and had advanced hypothermia, WCCO reports. He was transported to a hospital by a seaplane, KSTP reports.

Calvary Baptist Church in Rochester posted an update the following day saying Bloom was "doing fine" and asking for prayers for the students who were "quite shaken up."

Bloom is back at home now in Rochester. He has some tissue damage in his left foot, which is still swollen; but he is grateful to be alive and looking forward to returning to the BWCA next year, according to KARE 11.

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