GNESEN TOWNSHIP, Minn. (WCCO) – A group of five canoers had to be rescued Tuesday afternoon on Lester River near Eagle Lake in Gnesen Township, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities received a report of five juvenile canoers in distress on the river at about 1:39 p.m.

When they arrived, they found that the group did not have life jackets with them at the time of the incident. The Gnesen Fire Department located the canoers, and with help from the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, the juveniles were walked out of the woods to a waiting ambulance.

The juveniles were treated for early signs of hypothermia. Authorities said the five males were all 14 to 15 years old.

Comments (10)
  1. KeepItReal says:

    I hope they are sent a bill for the rescue!

  2. Bill says:

    Not having life jackets is a ticket-able offense.

  3. Dee Monical says:

    Remember that kids will be kids and hopefully they learned a valuable lesson and that their parents hammer that home.

    1. TW says:

      Agreed, I was that age and invincible to one time until life smacked me upside the head. Glad they are able to think this one over instead of there being funerals to attend. Rivers are not toys to be played with even on a calm day. If you lose your respect for them they can hurt you.

  4. gdog says:

    The parents should have to pay the fine for no life jackets and the rescue. These kids could all be dead right now. The parents need to make sure this is taken seriously to help guide their children to make better decisions going forward.

    1. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

      Have you had any 14 or 15 year old children?

      If you can get them to all to always make perfect decisions when you’re not around, I want to know about it.

  5. stupid is, stupid does says:

    Give it up, you can’t fix stupid! With all this rain and flooding the currents are crazy fast.

  6. Randy in Minnetonka says:

    They acted like dumb teens – hell, don’t tell me you never were stupid in your youth people. It flows thru the veins to varying degrees in all of us.
    They should get tagged for no life jackets and maybe get a fine that they can work off a a day or so. I can’t see laying it on the parents. Sheesh – we should be celebrating the fact they were outside and doing something ___ and not sitting watching the tube or putzing around on the ‘net. Why punish them for doing healthy things?

  7. NRA Member2 says:

    give them a medal for getting off their butts and getting some exercise and enjoying nature instead of having mommy and daddy hover over them like most parents do today. The majority of kids today couldn’t even tell you how to paddle a canoe
    no way can one EVER know for certain if they can handle the water unless the river bed is dry. lol
    they got in over their heads – it happens to all of us at some point in life on something. I give them an A for the idea and effort and even credit for the fact they realized they in trouble and made the call instaed of playing macho man and now we combing the waters looking for them.
    for you who say punish – may I toss a rock at your glass house and see if it shatters? 😉

    1. In The Middle says:

      I swam across lake Calhoun when I was 14 and thought nothing of it until I found out there was a $25 fine, and that was a lot when I was 14. I have been more careful since then but I love getting out in nature. Some kids today do not seem to be into that anymore,sad.

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