West BR man, teen survive near-death camping trip

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Posted: Jul 22, 2014 11:05 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. - At least two people from West Baton Rouge were injured when a strong storm moved over their campsite near the Canadian border Tuesday morning.

Kirk Sanchez, 47, and Hayden Toups, 13, were taken to the hospital when a tree fell on their tent. Sanchez is from Port Allen and was trying to protect his son from debris when he was injured, family friends told WBRZ News 2. Toups, who was also with the group that included 15 others camping in Minnesota, is from Brusly.

Park rangers at Superior National Forest reported a blowdown caused falling debris that injured Sanchez and Toups and five others at a different location. A series of water-rescue units, planes and traditional ambulances were used to take the injured to hospitals.

Sanchez and Toups are expected to make a full recovery. Friends said Sanchez broke his arm and rangers reported both sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Read more about rescues and the weather situation from WDIO TV HERE.
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