|On June 14, 2002, an ambulance was requested at the US
Forest Service Seagull Guard Station for a Crystal, Minnesota man who
had collapsed with a suspected heart attack in the Boundary Waters Canoe
Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The ambulance transported Robert James
Hampton, 51, to the Cook County North Shore Hospital where he was
Hampton had been camping with his three adult children--Jessica,
Andrew, and Robert since June 11 at Clove Lake. He fell ill while
swimming on the afternoon of June 14 and told his family he had a
tingling feeling in his arms. They were concerned for his welfare
and at approximately 3:00 p.m. they left Clove Lake. Between 3:30
and 4:00, Hampton passed out on a portage.
The Gunflint Ambulance met the family at the Seagull Guard Station,
began CPR and transported Hampton to the Cook County North Shore
Hospital. He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead
at 6:32 p.m.
An autopsy will be performed, however. Cook County Sheriff
Deputy Paul Spry reported that no foul play is suspected.