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Man rescued near Duluth zoo after being stranded for possibly four days

DULUTH - A man who may have been stranded for as many as four days has been rescued from a remote area near the Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth police report.

Police Lt. Robin Roeser reported that Duluth police and firefighters responded just before 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, to a report of a person needing help near the Superior Hiking Trail not far from the zoo.

Assistant Fire Chief Clint Reff said the man was rescued out of a ravine about 20 feet below the trail. Firefighters used an ATV and a UTV to bring equipment to the scene and conducted a “high-angle rescue,” using ropes to bring the 36-year-old man to safety.

“He was conscious and lethargic,” Reff said. “It was a hurry-up scenario. He showed signs of some hypothermia.”

The man also complained of pain, Reff said.

Roser said the man was taken to an area hospital for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

It was not immediately clear how the man traveled to the site, how he became stranded or who made the call for help, Reff said.

Roeser said it was believed the man had been stranded for three to four days.

Average temperatures in Duluth over the previous four days ranged from 1 to 31 degrees, according to National Weather Service data.

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