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

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

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

First responders were called just before 4:30 p.m. after a teenage girl and her father "disappeared in the waves" of Lake Superior and family members did not see them surface for several minutes, according to a news release from the Duluth Fire Department.

The Duluth Police Department reported earlier that two swimmers had gone missing in the water, and Duluth Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard boats continued searching the waters offshore from the beach house. One of them was taken to Essentia Health hospital to be treated for inhaling water. As of 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening, it was unknown the condition of the two victims. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Rescue Squad also were involved in the search. "As we saw during the rescue effort it was just really hard to deal with". The 911 caller said two people swimming were "in distress".

One firefighter was injured during the second rescue.

Authorities have identified the individuals as 10-year-old Lily Elizabeth Fuglie, of Hudson, Wis., and 38-year-old Ryan Paul Fuglie, of Osceola, Wis. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the water.

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