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Dozens rescued at Little Presque Isle

MARQUETTE — No one was injured during an incident that left 40 swimmers stranded on Little Presque Isle Island on Saturday.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office responded to an initial report of two swimmers stranded on a rock offshore due to strong currents with 3-foot waves. Six other swimmers had made it safely to shore prior to the arrival of law enforcement personnel.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division launched two boats to rescue the two swimmers, and in doing so learned that there were more individuals stranded on the island, a sheriff’s office press release states.

“A member of the special operations team was dropped off on the island to attempt to locate those stranded to assist them off of the island, while the two boats circled the island to look for anyone in need of assistance,” officials said.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by Marquette Township Fire and Rescue, UP Health System, UPHS EMS, the Chocolay Township Fire Department, the Marquette City Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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