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UPDATE: 12-year-old boy drowns in Houghton County water rescue

A 12-year-old boy from Commerce, Michigan died on his way to being airlifted from Aspirus Keweenaw.
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Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 7:08 PM EDT
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SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE, 8/14: The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release stating that a 12-year-old boy from Commerce, Michigan, died on his way to being airlifted from Aspirus Keweenaw. Due to his age, the name of the boy is not being released.

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office in Schoolcraft Township responded to Big Traverse Beach at 2:33 p.m. Tuesday to a report of four people drowning in Lake Superior.

An eight-year-old girl was swept out by the current and while three others attempted to save her, they were also taken out by the current.

Several people on the beach assisted with inflatable tubes and were able to get all four people to shore.

According to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, a 12-year-old boy from Lower Michigan was taken to the Aspirus Keweenaw emergency room. He was later airlifted to the University of Michigan Children’s Hospital where his condition is unknown at this time.

TV6 & FOX UP will update this story with more information as we receive it.

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