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Video of Kayakers Escaping Lake Superior Cliff Collapse Goes Viral

Kayakers escaping Lake Superior cliff collapse Kayakers escaping Lake Superior cliff collapse |  Photo: Jon Smithers and Craig Blacklock

Updated: August 14, 2019 02:46 PM

Video of kayakers narrowly escaping a Lake Superior cliff collapse in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is getting international attention.

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The video, shot by Minnesota-based nature photographers Jon Smithers and Craig Blacklock, shows a large section of a sandstone cliff collapsing into the lake at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Monday.

Van Ouellette-Ballas of Northern Waters Adventures, one of the guides, told WLUC-TV in Marquette that smaller rocks had fallen near the group before the massive section fell. He says they "thought we were at a safe distance" and were paddling away when the large collapse missed them by about 50 feet.

MLive.com reports Smithers and Blacklock were on a boat and Smithers turned a drone toward the sounds of the collapse in time to record video of it.

Blacklock tells WDIO News that he and Smithers have received video licensing requests from news organizations around the world.  ABC News is among the organizations working on the story.

The photographers are well known for their work in the region, with more information available at www.jonsmithers.com and www.blacklockgallery.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Copyright 2019 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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