4 rescued after getting stranded canoeing in Lake Superior

June 13, 2019 01:52 PM

Authorities say they rescued a family of four from Minneapolis that got stranded while canoeing in Lake Superior along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in northern Michigan.

The Alger County sheriff's office says a tour boat operator reported several people were stranded along the Upper Peninsula lakeshore about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Rescue boats were sent.


Two adults were canoeing with two young children along the shore when they were overtaken by winds and waves. They ended up swimming about 150 yards (137 meters) to shore to reach a beach, where they were spotted by passengers and the captain of the tour boat. Pictured Rocks Cruises mentioned in a Facebook post that the water temperature at the time was 47 degrees, with winds building.

The adults and children were stranded on an area littered with boulders and underwater obstacles, making it impossible for the Pictured Rock Cruise boat to get near the family. Captain David Sliter said he made several emergency calls, and the Alger County Sheriff's Department responded, as well as Dean Seaberg of the Grand Island Ferry Service. 

When a physician was able to reach the family, the two children appeared weak and numbed by the cold that they couldn't walk, according to the Facebook post. Deckhand Alex Hill of Pictured Rocks Cruises and the physician carried them approximately 40 yards down the rock pile to an area where the Alger County Sheriff Boat could pick them up and rush them for medical attention.

They were rescued and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Names weren't immediately released. Sheriff's officials are urging people to use "extreme caution" when venturing out on Lake Superior.

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