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Two Harbors woman found safe after kayaking mishap

A 62-year-old Two Harbors woman was found safe but cold and dehydrated after a night in the woods following a kayaking mishap on the Cloquet River near Brimson.

A 62-year-old Two Harbors woman was found safe but cold and dehydrated after a night in the woods following a kayaking mishap on the Cloquet River near Brimson.

Susan Rae Vaughn was part of a group of kayakers who started a trip on the Cloquet River off Bear Lake Road at about 2 p.m. Saturday.

At some point Vaughn became separated from her group. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad was called in Saturday night to help find her. Four Rescue Squad members launched two canoes and searched the river downstream from the landing.

They found Vaughn’s kayak about three miles downstream and they then began a land search for her that lasted over night.

Vaughn was discovered about 5:30 a.m. today, according to the report from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. She was cold and shivering but able to respond to rescuers. She was taken by ambulance to Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors where she was treated for early stages of hypothermia, dehydration and bug bites.

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John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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