Sick camper rescued from Porkies park

Jul 22, 2013

ONTONAGON COUNTY, MI--   A Wisconsin woman had to be rescued from Porcupine Mountains State Park in Ontonagon County over the weekend when she became ill.   

Friday around 8:15 p.m. Negaunee Regional Dispatch received a 911 call that an 18-year-old member of a group camping in a remote part of the park was sick and unable to stand or walk. 

Officials convened a rescue party made up of park rangers, county sheriff’s deputies, EMS personnel from SONCO Ambulance, troopers from the Wakefield Post, and members of the Ontonagon County Community Emergency Response Team.  The party traveled about 12 miles by boat on Lake Superior to the mouth of the Big Carp River, then walked about two miles inland to the campsite. 

The victim was carried back to the shoreline, taken to the Union Bay Campground access site, then transported to Ontonagon Aspirus Hospital.  She was treated and released.