Wisconsin Father, Daughter Die in Duluth Swimming Incident

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

Large waves hampered rescuers' efforts - even capsizing a rescue boat - searching for a father and his young daughter who disappeared in Lake Superior on Thursday.

Two swimmers died Thursday despite an intense rescue effort at Duluth's Park Point, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

CPR was immediately performed on the two swimmers before they were taken to a local hospital.

Around 4:20 p.m., crews responded to a water emergency near the Park Point Beach House.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Department and Rescue Squad, Duluth Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Duluth Police Department participated in the search.

"There's a very powerful rip current right now", said Erik Simonson, Assistant Fire Chief with the Duluth Fire Department.

Five total rescue boats helped with the search, slowed down by 5 to 7 foot waves hitting near the shore.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, the victims are Lily Fuglie, 10, of Hudson, Wisconsin, and her father, Ryan Fuglie, 38, of Osceola, Wisconsin.

A rescue swimmer was also checked out by medical staff after taking in water. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the water.

A rip current warning had been issued early Thursday that remains in effect till Friday.

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