Jun. 6—Duluth Fire Department and St. Louis County Rescue Squad personnel rescued a swimmer in distress from a rip current in Lake Superior off Park Point on Saturday.
The water emergency call came in at 6:43 p.m. The Marine 19 rescue boat, which had just finished responding to an unrelated incident, arrived near the 3100 block of Minnesota Avenue. Four teenagers had been caught in the current; two women got out and one man was attempting to help another when they became separated.
One man was able to get back to shore, while a Marine 19 crew member in a cold-water suit assisted the second person, who was more than 100 yards from shore, into the boat. After the wind shift earlier in the day, waves in the region were estimated at 4 to 6 feet.
St. Louis County Rescue Squad, St. Louis County Sheriff's Department, members of the Duluth Police Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Mayo Ambulance all responded.