Authorities in northern Minnesota early Saturday reached a group of Girl Scouts who were reportedly affected by a lightning strike in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Two of the girls in the group of nine, which included a guide, were reported to have been struck by lightning Friday night. Initial reports said it was a group of six.
The St. Louis County Rescue Squad confirmed early Saturday that crews had reached the scouts on a Knife Lake island and would bring the entire party out. The ``patients and uninjured scouts'' arrived at Moose Landing just before 4 a.m., according to an update from the squad.
The rescue squad clarified that the group was never ``missing'' or ``stranded,'' and all patients were ``awake, alert, and able to move without assistance.''
Rick Slatten of the rescue squad told the Star Tribune that the Girl Scouts were between 15 to 18 years old.
A spokesman said Gov. Tim Walz was monitoring the situation. Walz tweeted out a request for prayers for the Girl Scouts.
The rescue squad said the Lake County Sheriff's Office would release more information later today.