Man killed by falling tree during storms in Quetico Provincial Park
A camper from West Virginia died from injuries suffered when a tree fell on him in Quetico Provincial Park amid severe storms on Tuesday morning, Ontario Provincial Police reported Friday.
Authorities reported that Charles Showalter, 63, of Wheeling, W.Va., was sleeping in his tent at Point Lake when the storms passed through, causing a large portion of a tree to fall on the tent. Others in Showalter’s camping party made lifesaving attempts but were unsuccessful.
Point Lake is located a few miles north of the U.S.-Canadian border, about 25 miles northeast of Ely.
A cell phone call for help was received at 8:26 a.m. local time Tuesday, provincial police reported. After working to determine the GPS coordinates of the call, officers flew to the scene on an Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources helicopter, arriving about 1:30 p.m.
Showalter was in a camping party of seven men canoeing in Quetico, officials said.
The same line of storms injured several people on the U.S. side of the border, in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Trees that fell on tents trapped at least nine people in two separate campsites before dawn Tuesday as the thunderstorms with damaging winds moved across the region.
Several of those people had to be evacuated from the wilderness by floatplane or boat, and transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.