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August Was Deadliest Month So Far on Lake Superior in 2017

Five people drowned in Lake Superior in August, with four drownings in a 2-week span. Five people drowned in Lake Superior in August, with four drownings in a 2-week span.  |  Photo: File

August 31, 2017 03:27 PM

Five people drowned in Lake Superior in August, with four drownings in a two-week span. 

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The recent drowning happened on Wednesday, August 30th in Wisconsin. According to the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office, 68-year-old Stanley Szcytko of Marshfield accidentally drowned while attempting to untangle a line to the jib sail of a 42-foot boat when the line was freed. He was pulled overboard and drowned. 

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According to Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, four other people died in Lake Superior in the month of August. All four incidents happening between the dates of August 2nd and August 13th. 

On August 2nd, 73-year-old Dennis D Kamento drowned in Lake Superior near Onota Township in Michigan. The Alger County Sheriff’s office says the man was swimming at the beach off of Whitefish Point Rd at Laughing White Fish Point when he was pulled in by an undertow. The US Coast Guard located his body and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

Eight days later, a father and daughter drowned in Lake Superior in Duluth on a weather alert day. 

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The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says 10-year-old Lillian Elizabeth Fuglie of Hudson, Wis., and 38-year-old Ryan Paul Fuglie of Osceola, Wis., died after being pulled from the water off Park Point on August 10th. Lillian's 12-year-old sister had reported them missing when they didn't return to shore. 

The National Weather Service had issued a Beach Hazard statement for Dangerous Swimming Conditions for Park Point, which was in effect at the time of the incident.

On August 13th, a 59-year-old Michigan man also drowned in Lake Superior in a boating accident. 

Michigan State Police say the Alger County Dive Team located the body of Robert Louis near Au Train Island, a day after the accident. Authorities say a large wave swamped a boat carrying seven people. Six of the occupants were rescued and treated for hypothermia. 

Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project released a report in June, 2017 saying drowning is on the rise on the five Great Lakes. 64 people have drowned on the Great Lakes in 2017. Lake Michigan has recorded the most drownings this year with more than 29 drownings. 6 people have drowned on Lake Huron so far, 10 in Lake Erie, and 14 drownings on Lake Ontario. 

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