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Two nearly drown trying to save boy

8-year-old caught in Lake Superior rip current

August 14, 2012
Marquette Mining Journal

MUNISING - Two downstate men nearly drowned in Lake Superior Saturday at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as they fought high waves to rescue a boy caught in a rip current.

National Park Service rangers did not release the names of those involved, but said they were from Lake Orion. The incident was reported at 2:32 p.m. Saturday and occurred near the mouth of the Miners River, a few miles east of Munising.

Park rangers and Alger County EMS personnel were called to the scene and found a 43-year-old male and a 47-year-old male, who were brothers, lying on the beach being aided by citizens.

In a news release, rangers said the two men were "exhausted, hypothermic, nauseous and suffering from headaches. EMS personnel treated their symptoms and monitored their conditions until they were OK to be released."

Rangers said an 8-year-old son of one of the men had been playing in the waves when he was knocked down and caught in a rip current, which carried him out to deeper water. Waves were reported at 3 to 4 feet at the time.

The two men swam out to save the boy. The boy's uncle was able to retrive him, but his father was unable to return to shore.

The uncle then returned to the lake and both men nearly drowned on their return to the beach, struggling in rough seas.



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