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Missing canoeist found deceased on Tuscarora Lake

A capsized canoe on Tuscarora Lake ended in the death of a 29-year-old male today.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch received a call reporting an overturned canoe on Tuscarora Lake, one portage in from Round Lake, at approximately 1:51 p.m. Three people had been in the canoe.

Two of the people swam to an island and one, a 29-year-old male, was reported missing.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Cook County Search & Rescue, Gunflint Fire Department, North Shore Health Ambulance, Minnesota DNR conservation 0fficers, United States Border Patrol, United States Forest Service (USFS) law enforcement and a Forest Service Beaver float plane responded to the staging area at Tuscarora Lodge to begin search and rescue operations.

The body of the missing party was located in the water and was recovered at approximately 3:26 pm by the USFS Beaver. The body was transported to North Shore Health by Cook County Search & Rescue.

“This certainly is not how we hoped the search would turn out, and a tough way to start the season just days after the stay-at-home order was lifted,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. “Our hearts are with the two survivors and the deceased’s family. I also commend all of our emergency services who responded to this incident with swift action and professionalism.”

Identity is being withheld pending notification of family. No further information is available at this time.