3 canoeists rescued after plunge over waterfall near US Canada border; 1 was trapped under log

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The Associated Press

Ely, Minnesota: Three people had to be rescued after their canoe plunged over a waterfall on the U.S.-Canada border in northern Minnesota, including a teenage boy who was airlifted to safety after spending hours in the water trapped under a log.

Police received a call around 1 p.m. Tuesday about the accident on the Upper Basswood Falls and it took over four hours for rescuers to reach and free the boy. The falls have a drop of up to 30 feet (10 metres).

Police say the boy likely had hypothermia and an ankle fracture, but that the other two were fine.

The Upper Basswood Falls can be treacherous, experts say. They include several sets of falls and that the current is strong.