After a vigorous fight against fierce waves off Park Point for Duluth firefighter and rescue crews, a young daughter, 10, and her father, 38, who were pulled from the water Thursday evening are deceased, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.
The missing girl was found at about 5:22 p.m., and her father was found just after 6 p.m.
Five rescue boats from various agencies assisted in the effort, which included the Coast Guard, the St. Louis County rescue squad, police and Gold Cross ambulance.
A Duluth firefighter was also taken to the hospital after helping return the man to shore.
Father, 10-year-old daughter die after Lake Superior rescue
Authorities were first called about the two swimmers in distress around 4:30 Thursday afternoon.
At this point, it is still unclear whether or not the swimmers were alive when they were found. According to the fire department, he took in a "large amount of water as he successfully returned the victim to shore".
A Red Flag Warning had been posted earlier in the day for unsafe swimming conditions. Public beaches at Park Point are closed. There were no lifeguards on duty on Thursday. It was just really hard to deal with. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the water. "That's why we issue those warnings, but sometimes people aren't aware of it and what's going on", Simonson said.