MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) Update 10:23 p.m.: The bodies of the male and female who drowned in Lake Superior off Little Presque Isle have been recovered with the aid of a Coast Guard helicopter, divers from the Sheriff's Office, and Marquette City Police.
A man and a woman are missing off of Little Presque Isle, the Marquette County Sheriff's Office confirms.
The Marquette County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of three persons in Lake Superior off Little Presque Isle who appeared to be struggling in the water about 3:10 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Investigation revealed that two females and one male were in the water and not able to get back to shore. Bystanders on the beach were able to get two life jackets, enter the water, and save one of the two female victims. The other female and male could not be seen.
Further investigation revealed that two women both 22-years-old waded into the water with the intention of going to a nearby rock. One of the women made it to the rock, but the other was struggling in the currents. The woman who made it to the rock reentered the water in an attempt to help the struggling woman, and both were swept out.
A male victim, aged 24-years-old, not associated the women, entered the water in an attempt to help but all three then could not make it to shore. Two bystanders, a 24-year-old woman, and a 27-year-old male on the beach were able to procure life jackets, enter the water, and save one of the women.
Divers were able to recover the bodies of the male and female who drowned later that evening.
Update 5:54 p.m.: One female body has been recovered. Officials say they will continue to search for the missing man until it gets dark, and will resume the search tomorrow with the state police dive team if necessary.
A man and a woman are missing off of Little Presque Isle, the Marquette County Sheriff Office confirms.
According to officials, two women were swimming out to an island. One reached the island, but the other was struggling in the strong currents. The first woman tried to go back to help her, but also began to struggle in the current. A male bystander got into the water to save them. Other bystanders helped retrieve one of the women, but the man and the other woman are now missing.
Coast Guard and Marquette County vessels are searching the area for them.
More details will be be posted as they become available.