UPDATE: Names of drowning victims released

UPDATE: Names of drowning victims released

UPDATE — 8:30 a.m. June 14th, 2016 (EDT)

Authorities have released the names of the people involved in the drowning in Lake Superior Saturday afternoon.

Deputies from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office say Kaylilyn Tansey, 22 of Grand Ledge, and Justin Schroepfer, 24 of Rhinelander, are the two who drowned near Little Presque Isle. The woman who was rescued is Abigail Sprinkle, 22 of Marquette.

Life vests were provided to Marquette residents Nicholas Leach, 27, and Emily Goodman, 24, by Alexandria Borowski, 24. Leach and Goodman proceeded to rescue Sprinkle.

The Sheriff’s Office is reminding citizens that the water temperature in Lakes Superior is very cold. When the wind is blowing, currents and water conditions are unpredictable. Hypothermia can set in quickly.


MARQUETTE — Two people are dead after drowning in Lake Superior Saturday afternoon.

Just after 3:00 p.m., the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of three people struggling in the water at Little Presque Isle. Two women and one man were in the water and unable to get back to shore.

Police say two women, both 22-years-old, went into the water with the intention of going to a nearby rock. One of the women was unable to make it.

The woman who made it to the rock reentered the water in an attempt to help the other woman. A 24-year-old man, not with the two women, entered the water to help the two women. All three of them were unable to make it back to the shore.

Two bystanders on the beach put on life jackets, entered the water and were able to save one of the women. Emergency responders were able to recover the bodies of the man and woman who perished in the lake.

Names of the victims have not been released at this time. The U.S. Coast Guard, Marquette City Police Department, Marquette Township Fire & Rescue, DNR Park Rangers, Michigan State Police and UP Health System EMS all assisted at the scene.