Ted figures there are three things you must not being on a canoe trip: electronic devices, pet anacondas, or people who will die on the trip. Just as well nobody brought an anaconda….
Hughie apparently left the campsite in the middle of the night while everybody else was asleep. That wasn't surprising, considering how poorly he got along with the rest of the group the night before.
What is surprising is his canoe, lying in a very large mud hole on the portage - with Hughie's body under it. And there's the question of what happened to the phone that's no longer with is body.