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Three hikers found safe near Lake Vermillion

News Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Three hikers found safe near Lake Vermillion
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

All three hikers missing overnight in the Lake Vermilion area were found safe at about 2 p.m. today, according to officials from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Two fishermen came across the hikers by chance, according to Undersheriff David Phillips.

The three campers apparently took a shortcut through the woods yesterday from one arm of the lake in the direction of another lake and didn't return. A fourth camper, who had remained at the campground, became concerned when they didn't return and called for help.

Rescue squads were using Moccasin Point Resort on Lake Vermilion as a staging area, Phillips said. A Lake County unit also assisted as did the U.S. Forest Service.

Pioneer staff reports