Conservation officers find 6 boaters who became lost at night on northeastern Indiana river

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MONGO, Indiana — State conservation officers found a group of boaters who were lost after midnight on a remote northeastern Indiana river.

Conservation Officer Jake Carlile says the search for the six people riding canoes or kayaks started early Monday after a 911 call reporting they were without light and near exhaustion on the Pigeon River near the Steuben (stoo-BEN')-LaGrange county line.

Carlile says he and Conservation Officer Kyle Buchanan found the boaters about 3 a.m. Monday in a heavily wooded area near the community of Mongo, some 40 miles north of Fort Wayne. He says the boaters were in the early stages of hypothermia from long exposure to the cold water and falling nighttime temperatures.

One woman was helped out on foot, while Carlile paddled with the boaters to an access point.

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