Four rescued when canoe overturns

ISHPEMING TOWNSHIP — Four people who were in the waters of Deer Lake in Ishpeming Township after a canoe capsized Wednesday are safe.

At 8:33 p.m. Wednesday, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit was dispatched to an overturned canoe, located approximately 400 yards from shore in the waters of Deer Lake with four people in the water.

Two of the people had entered the water in an attempt to help their friends, who had overturned the canoe.

The two individuals who entered the water had life jackets and were able to swim back to shore. They were placed in a waiting fire truck to be warmed and and were evaluated for hypothermia.

The two people who were with the canoe were brought on board the sheriff’s department boat and were transferred to EMS on scene. All four were transported by UPHS EMS to Bell Hospital for evaluation for hypothermia.

The canoe was recovered from the water by the special operations unit.

Assisting at the scene were Marquette County Sheriff’s Office road patrol, Ishpeming Township Fire, Rescue 131, and UPHS EMS.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office advises the public to wear lifejackets at all times when recreating on the water and to always tell someone where you will be.


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