UPDATE: Missing individuals at Black Rocks identified

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Published: Oct. 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT
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UPDATE 2:05 p.m. Wednesday:

The Marquette Police Department and the Marquette Fire Department are continuing to search for two people swept off Black Rocks in Marquette.

Neither have been located at this time, but it is believed that 53-year-old Robert Anderson and 37-year-old Sarah Hall, both from Iron River, may have been the couple swept off the rocks.

This incident remains under investigation and the search efforts will continue.

The Marquette Police Department and the Marquette Fire Department are being assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Marquette County Sheriff's Office.


UPDATE 9:20 a.m. Wednesday:

The U.S. Coast Guard says its search efforts at Presque Isle Park in Marquette will remain suspended unless new information is received about the two people reportedly swept into Lake Superior Tuesday afternoon.

A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson from Sault Ste. Marie says the decision to suspend efforts was made after a helicopter from Traverse City searched the water around Black Rocks for three hours Tuesday. The helicopter was called in because strong winds and waves made it too dangerous for boats and divers to search the water.

The Marquette Police Department says a man and a woman were swept off Black Rocks around 1:35 p.m. Tuesday. The identities of the two people have not been released.

Police had said Presque Isle was closed Tuesday, but a crowd of people gathered at the park to watch and take pictures of the waves. Black Rocks is a popular scenic overlook and swimming area with cliffs about 20 feet above the water. After the search began, police said anyone at Presque Isle could be arrested.

Wave heights were around 25 feet and sustained winds were near 40 mph with higher guests Tuesday afternoon around Black Rocks.

TV6's Nicole Buchmann will have a full report on tonight's TV6 Early News.


UPDATE 9:20 p.m. Tuesday:

Coast Guard officials say the search for two missing people has been suspended pending future developments.

Weather conditions were too dangerous to send boats to search. There were 25 ft. waves and 40 mph winds.

The helicopter crew searched for three hours. The case is still open.

The Coast Guard says the man they're searching for is described as bald with facial hair and wearing a camouflage jacket and jeans.

The woman, who the reporting party said appeared to be unconscious in the water, was wearing a blue or purple jacket and jeans.

The Coast Guard is warning people to stay away from rocks and cliffs during hazardous weather conditions.


UPDATE: 6:43 p.m. Tuesday:

Through investigation, it was confirmed that a man and women did get swept off Black Rocks by the waves of Lake Superior on Tuesday afternoon around 1:35 p.m.

The Marquette Police Department continues to investigate this incident. Presque Isle Island continues to be closed.

This is a developing story. TV6, FOX UP, and will have the latest details as they are made available.


UPDATE: 4:14 p.m. Tuesday:

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Traverse City has arrived in the area to assist with the rescue operation.

Marquette City Police have advised that anyone who attempts to go out to Presque Isle Island could be arrested.

There have been no other updates released at this time.


UPDATE: 3:05 p.m. Tuesday:

The Marquette City Police Department received calls around 1:35 p.m. Tuesday that a possible man and woman were swept into the water at Black Rocks in Marquette.

Police and fire department personnel are still currently on the scene. At this time, police are unable to confirm if there were people swept into Lake Superior due to weather conditions.

The Marquette City Police Department will continue to investigate this incident.

Presque Isle Island had been closed due to poor weather conditions prior to this alleged incident, and continues to be closed.


UPDATE: 2:04 p.m. Tuesday:

The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that there are potentially two individuals in the water at Black Rocks. They are still trying to verify that information.

The USCG said that presently there are 25-30 foot waves hitting the rocks.

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter has been dispatched to assist from Traverse City.


Crews are on the scene of an active water rescue on Lake Superior at Black Rocks in Marquette.

Marquette City Police Department are the lead on the rescue. Marquette County Sheriff's Office is assisting at the scene.

There are no other confirmed details available at this time.

This is a developing story. TV6, FOX UP, and will have the latest details as they are made available.