Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canoeists Send out Distress Signal after Lightning Strike in Manitoba

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canoeists Send out Distress Signal after Lightning Strike in Manitoba

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Lightning zaps wilderness canoe trip

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BLOODVEIN, Man. - An Ontario woman is recovering from injuries after she was struck by lightning while canoeing with six other people in Manitoba's wilderness.

RCMP say a group of women and girls were on an organized camp trip and were paddling along the Bloodvein River near Lake Winnipeg on Sunday when a sudden storm approached. They were going to shore when the 23-year-old woman was hit by lightning.

A 15-year-old girl, who was helping the woman pull their canoe to shore, also felt a jolt, said RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish. She "got a pretty good shock" but wasn't injured.

Karpish said the group was well-equipped and managed to send out a GPS distress signal from a safety device. An emergency response co-ordination centre in Houston, Texas, then contacted the RCMP.

Mounties initially asked for help from the military's rescue centre in Trenton, Ont. But officers quickly tracked down an available Manitoba government helicopter. …

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