2 swimmers die despite intense rescue effort at Duluth's Park Point

Personnel from the Duluth Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance work Thursday evening Aug. 10 2017 administering CPR to a girl who was pulled from Lake Superior at the Park Point Beach in Duluth Minn. as other emergency personnel continue to searc

After a vigorous fight against fierce waves off Park Point for Duluth firefighter and rescue crews, a young daughter, 10, and her father, 38, who were pulled from the water Thursday evening are deceased, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Lily's younger sibling alerted authorities about 4:30 p.m. Thursday that the girl and her father appeared to have been swept out and away from shore, and had not been seen for about 10 minutes. One rescue swimmer was also taken to the hospital after taking in a lot of water. According to the fire department, he took in a "large amount of water as he successfully returned the victim to shore". The Sheriff's Office reported that the 911 caller said the two swimmers were in distress while in the water, and then couldn't be located in the high waves.

A fire department's rescue boat flipped over in the waves.

Duluth police reported shortly after 5 p.m. that a search was underway for two missing swimmers near the beach house.

C04-- A Duluth firefighter floats in Lake Superior after a rescue boat capsized after battling large waves on Lake Superior Thursday evening while searching for two missing swimmers near the Park Point
2 swimmers die despite intense rescue effort at Duluth's Park Point

Duluth Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard boats were involved in the search of the waters offshore from the beach house. They found the man about 40 minutes later.

The National Weather Service had issued a Beach Hazard statement for Dangerous Swimming Conditions for Park Point.

The fire department issued a rip current warning earlier in the day, and Park Point Beach was closed.

"There's a very powerful rip current right now, as we saw during the rescue effort".

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