Swimmers Rescued From Lake Superior in Duluth

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2017

Off lake winds and high waves have prompted the Duluth Fire Department to issue a warning for risky swimming conditions at Park Point beaches on Lake Superior.

Lily's younger sibling alerted authorities about 4:30 p.m. Thursday that the girl and her father appeared to have been swept out and away from shore, and had not been seen for about 10 minutes. Her father was found after 6 p.m.

Swimmers Rescued From Lake Superior in Duluth

Five rescue boats from various agencies assisted in the effort, which included the Coast Guard, the St. Louis County rescue squad, police and Gold Cross ambulance. Firefighters began CPR immediately and the victims were transported to Essentia Health-St.

"Swimming conditions may be life-threatening to anyone entering the water", the National Weather Service said on the Park Point Beach website. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation. They found the father later. A firefighter on shore tossed them a throw line, but they were able to walk into shore on their own.

A Red Flag Warning had been posted earlier in the day for risky swimming conditions. During such red-flag conditions, signs and flags are posted along Park Point, and the public beaches are closed.

"There's a very powerful rip current right now, as we saw during the rescue effort. That's why we issue those warnings, but sometimes people aren't aware of it and what's going on", Simonson said.

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