Lightning Injures Two Canoeists on Bloodvein River

Two canoeists were injured on Sunday evening after a lightning strike hit the canoe they were in on the Bloodvein River.

RCMP were notified at about 6:50 p.m. after an SOS signal was received from a satellite GPS messenger device. The coordinates of the seven female boaters were received and a rescue operation began.

The group was located near Namay Falls — about 35 kilometres from Bloodvein — with the help of a helicopter that happened to be in the area.

A 23-year-old Ontario woman was struck by lightning, while a 15-year-old girl received an electric shock while holding on to a canoe as they were pulling it to shore during the storm.

The 23-year-old was airlifted to the Bloodvein nursing station and later transported to Winnipeg with non-life threatening injuries. The 15-year-old refused medical treatment.

— Staff


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