UPDATED: Two Dead In Boundary Waters After Storm
Police in Canada have identified the two campers with a Boy Scouts of America group killed in Thursday’s storm as a teenage boy and a female volunteer from Texas.
The Ontario Provincial Police identified the two who died as 13-year-old Christian James Sanchez of Lewisville, Texas, and 39-year-old Rorth Lac of Carrollton, Texas.
A boy and a woman died and two other campers were injured when damaging storms slammed northern Minnesota, the AP reports.
The Boy Scouts of America say falling trees knocked down by strong winds killed them.
A statement from the Scouts says the storm came unexpectedly through Charles L Sommers Canoe Base in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness early Thursday. The boy and a volunteer from the Northern Tier High Adventure Base Program were killed. Two other campers were hurt and evacuated to a hospital by Canadian emergency crews, but the Scouts say their injuries are not life-threatening.
The Scouts say they are working with authorities to notify the families of those involved.
He says nine people involved in the program were camping at Basswood Lake near the Canadian border, including three adults and six boys, when storms hit the area.
St. Louis County Lt. Nate Skelton says the injured were evacuated by air. Van Dreese says authorities were working on evacuating the remaining campers.