UPDATE: Family of 4 rescued at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, as seen from Lake Superior. (WLUC File Photo)

MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - A family of four from Minnesota is safe after their canoe took on water Tuesday night along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

At approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Alger County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Pictured Rocks Cruise boats reporting several people stranded on the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore near Bridal Falls located approximately 1 mile east of Miners beach. The Alger County Rescue 21 team responded with two vessels.

Upon completion of the rescue it was determined that a family of four from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was canoeing along the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore when they were overtaken by rising winds and waves.

The victims said their canoe had taken on a substantial amount of water causing it to become inoperable.

The two adults, Yonyalu Polinske and Tabithah Lynn Polinske, and two small children, who were wearing life jackets, had to swim approximately 150 yards to reach a small rocky beach near Bridal Falls of Pictured Rocks. Passengers and the captain of a Pictured Rocks Cruise boat saw the victims and contacted the Alger County Sheriff’s Office.

The victims were recovered from the rocky shores and transported to the Munising Marina by the Alger County Rescue boat. All four victims were transported to Munising Memorial Hospital for evaluation by the Alger County EMS staff. The rescue team was assisted by an employee and a passenger of the Pictured Rocks Cruises.

"Being on the lake every summer it just feels like part of the job. I don't feel like I did something heroic," Captain David Sliter, of Pictured Rocks Cruises, said after helping with the rescue. "My daughter and I went to the hospital that night to make sure they were OK and we found out that all their stuff was on the canoe, so they didn't have keys to their vehicle or their RV. They were stuck at the hospital, so I just lent them a car, so they could figure out where to get keys."

The Alger County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to use extreme caution when venturing out on Lake Superior. Being aware of weather conditions, time of day and utilization of a proper vessel is a must.

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