ELY, Minn. - A search for canoeists in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northeastern Minnesota is over after they were spotted and rescued early Friday.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says the two canoeists were found during a search by air near Oyster Lake. Sheriff's officials say the canoeists used a flashlight to signal to the airplane operated by the Minnesota State Patrol.

A helicopter from the Air National Guard in Duluth picked up the two. They weren't seriously injured but were taken to the hospital in Ely as a precaution.

Authorities initially believed there were three canoeists, but said that wasn't the case. There were just two. They were due to come out of the wilderness area on Monday and a search by land, air and water was launched.