Canoers rescued from Deer Lake in West End

ISHPEMING — Four canoers were taken to Upper Peninsula Health System-Bell in Ishpeming for hypothermia evaluations Wednesday evening after being pulled from Deer Lake by Marquette County Sheriff’s Office personnel.

At 8:33 p.m., the Marquette County Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit was dispatched to the scene on a report of an overturned canoe on Deer Lake, located in western Marquette County.

Upon arrival, officers observed four people in the water, 400 feet from shore.

Two people had entered the water in an attempt to rescue their friends who had overturned their canoe. The two attempted rescuers were wearing life vests and made it back to shore safely.

The two canoeists were brought aboard the sheriff’s department boat and were transfered to the care of EMS.

All subjects were then brought to Upper Peninsula Health System-Bell for hypothermia evaluations, according to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office was assisted on the scene by the sheriff’s road patrol, Ishpeming Township Fire Department personnel, Rescue 131 and UPHS EMS.

In regards to water safety, the sheriff’s department issued this statement: “Life jackets should be worn at all times when recreating on the water, and always tell someone where you will be.”


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