Forum News Service, Published July 14 2013
Two skydivers land in Lake SuperiorDULUTH, Minn. – Two skydivers returned safely to the shore of Park Point with some help Saturday afternoon after landing farther out in Lake Superior than they intended.
Emergency personnel were called to 4500 Minnesota Avenue about 4:20 p.m. on a report that the skydivers, a 29-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, had landed about three-eighths of a mile offshore, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported.
One of the skydivers, who in fact had landed about 200 yards from shore, swam to shore with the assistance of someone who had a floatation device.
The other, who landed farther out on the lake, was ferried to shore on a floatplane that motored out on the lake, the sheriff’s office said. Neither skydiver was injured.
The two were with a group from Skydive Superior who were participating in the Lark O’ The Lake Festival.
Gary Androsky of Skydive Superior said skydivers had been jumping all day in conjunction with the festival and as part of an annual sweep-the-beach event.
Skydivers were landing on the beach or near the shore near the Park Point Beach House, but the pair miscalculated their jumps and ended up farther out than they intended.
“We were concerned for about four minutes,” Androsky said.
The pair are veteran skydivers, Androsky added.
The Duluth Fire Department, the Coast Guard and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad also responded to the scene.