One dead, two injured in water rescue attempt

MANISTIQUE — One man is dead and two more people are injured following a water rescue attempt in Lake Michigan on Monday.

At approximately 3:25 p.m., troopers from the Michigan State Police responded to Thompson Township to assist two men who had been kayaking in Lake Michigan, off South Barques Point Trail.

A Department of Natural Resources conservation officers used his jet ski to reach and rescue one of the men, and transport him to safety on land. He was taken by ambulance to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.

The conservation officer and a Manistique Public Safety officer then attempted to reach and rescue the second man, who had gone underwater. They were unable to locate him at that time.

During that attempt, the Manisitque Public Safety officer was injured. They sought treatment at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital for water inhalation.

The Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Marine Division, with assistance from the conservation officer, located the man’s body, which the MSP Dive Team later retrieved.

No foul play is suspected. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

Manistique EMS, Sault Tribal Law Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted on the scene.