Search continues for MI kayaker missing after another died
A day after two kayakers went missing at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, officials said one of them was found dead.
The search continues for the second kayaker who disappeared Thursday evening.
The two were paddling Lake Superior in the national park, Superintendent David Horne said, according to Michigan Live.
“It was very windy yesterday, big waves,” he said, according to the newspaper. “We haven’t completed an investigation, but I have to think it was a major contributor.”
Search and rescue operations included a rescue plane and helicopter, according to a press release from the National Parks Service.
Officials say they will release more information as it becomes available.
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore website says that while kayaking on the Grand Lake can be a “fantastic experience,” it is also a dangerous outdoor activity.
“Whether you are kayaking in Pictured Rocks or elsewhere, conditions can change quickly. If you have an emergency here on Lake Superior, the rescue could take hours, ”the site said.
“At Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we have responded to many rescues where kayakers were poorly equipped or poorly informed. Occasionally, kayakers will be well prepared and Lake Superior will overwhelm them again. We implore anyone interested in kayaking on Lake Superior to seriously consider the risks and be well prepared before setting out. Even experienced kayakers have been overpowered by the lake.