Coast Guard rescues 3 stranded adults, 3 kids, 1 dog from Lake Superior shore

The Detroit News

Early Tuesday morning, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter out of Traverse City spirited six people and a dog to safety off the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin.

The rescue effort began about 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday when the Iron County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin got a call about the group stranded on Marble Point, which is about 25 miles west from Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula.

Initially, one adult and two kids became stranded while hiking. So a second group, two adults and a child, went out in a boat to find them. 

But the second group's boat took on water and they, too, became grounded in Marble Point.

Officials called the U.S. Coast Guard, which sent a helicopter from Traverse City to rescue the group. It dropped them off at a softball field, where they were evaluated and medically cleared.

No one was hurt; police say they were able to build a fire and temporary shelter overnight.

There have been a number of Coast Guard rescues this summer from the Great Lakes, including of two men fishing on Lake Huron of Port Sanilac last week and a woman and her dogs along a sandy bluff on Lake Michigan near Ludington earlier this month.