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Family of 4 rescued from Pictured Rocks shoreline

MARQUETTE — A family of four was rescued from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Tuesday evening after their canoe was overtaken by waves, according to a press release from the Alger County Sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office received a call around 9 p.m. from a Pictured Rocks Cruises boat reporting that several people were stranded near Bridal Falls, roughly 1 mile east of Miners Beach.

The family from Minneapolis, consisting of two adults and two children who were wearing life jackets, said they were canoeing along the lakeshore when their boat took on substantial water from rising winds and waves. The family had to swim about 150 yards to reach the beach.

The Alger County Rescue 21 team responded with two vessels which recovered the victims and transported them to the Munising Marina. All four victims were then transported to Munising Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

The family members were cold, but sustained no major injuries, said Capt. Matthew Waldron with the Alger County Sheriff’s Office.

“They were very fortunate it was the last cruise boat going through for the night that spotted them,” Waldron said. “If it weren’t for that cruise boat, nobody would have spotted them.”

Waldron advised all to use caution, be aware of weather conditions, consider time of day and use a proper vessel when venturing out onto Lake Superior.

Trinity Carey can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.