L’ANSE TOWNSHIP — Troopers from the Michigan State Police were dispatched to the Canyon Falls Park in L’Anse Township at approximately 8 p.m. on 7/5/19 after receiving a call regarding an adult male who had disappeared while swimming in the Sturgeon River.
Witnesses reported that the man had jumped into the river several times and appeared to begin struggling in the strong current. The witnesses entered the water as well and tried to assist the man, but became exhausted themselves and could not get the man out of the water. The man was swept downstream in the current and did not resurface.
Numerous law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and search and rescue teams responded but were unable to locate the man prior to nightfall. Due to dangerous conditions, the search was suspended but resumed the morning of 7/6/19. The Michigan State Police dive team, the Michigan State Police aviation unit, and K9 units from the Calumet and Iron Mountain posts responded and assisted with the search.
The body of 24-year-old Kevin Lobo was located in the water and was recovered at approximately 4:30 p.m. Lobo was a graduate student at Michigan Technological University who was studying computer science.
An investigation is still on-going.
Troopers were also assisted on the scene by the Baraga County Search and Rescue Unit, the L’Anse and Covington fire departments, Bay Ambulance, the Baraga County Sheriff’s office, the Baraga Police department, Michigan DNR conservation officers, the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police, and the American Red Cross. Sandwiches and beverages for rescue personnel were provided by Subway of L’Anse.