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Men Trying to Save Child Drown in Lake Michigan

Woman taken to hospital, child was unharmed

(Newser) - Two men drowned while trying to rescue a child struggling in powerful currents in Lake Michigan on Saturday. David Halford, 37, and Kyle Reibly, 26, were among a group of four that entered the water at Wells Street Beach in Gary, Ind., after the child around 2:30pm. "We... More »

US Names 1st Marine Sanctuaries in 15 Years

And Chile creates the 3rd-largest ocean reserve in the world

(Newser) - President Obama declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland on Monday, while Chile blocked off more than 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean—what it said is the third-largest marine reserve in the world—near the world-famous Easter Island from commercial fishing... More »

Man Posing for Photos Along Lake Michigan Drowns

Earl Helmuth, an Amish man, did not know how to swim

(Newser) - On Saturday night a 24-year-old Indiana man posed for photos alongside the woman he was due to marry; it was the last thing the two would do together. Earl Helmuth was swept off a lighthouse pier in Michigan City, Ind., by a wave thought to be at least 7 feet... More »

Shipwrecks Are Now Visible in Lake Michigan

Clear, post-winter water views allow Coast Guard copter to nab photos of old wrecks

(Newser) - The clear-blue, post-winter waters of northern Lake Michigan have disclosed some of their hidden history to a US Coast Guard crew, which took a series of photos Friday of shipwrecks lying on the lake bottom in the waters off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Grand Rapids Press reports... More »

Divers Solve Mystery of Upside-Down Shipwreck

Broken rudder put William B. Davock 'at mercy of storm' in 1940

(Newser) - The William B. Davock sank on what's been termed "the most disastrous day in the history of Lake Michigan shipping," but why the freighter and its 32 crewmen went down amid 80mph winds and 30-foot waves has been a 75-year mystery. WZZM reports a sudden blizzard blew... More »

Nuke Plant Leaked Oil Into Lake Michigan for 2 Months

Cook plant isn't sure how much it spilled

(Newser) - A nuclear plant leaked oil into Lake Michigan for almost two months, and although the oil wasn't contaminated with radiation, safety groups are alarmed by how long it took the plant to spot the leak. Officials at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwest Michigan reported the problem... More »

Divers: We've Got 'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks

La Salle's Griffin was lost in Lake Michigan 335 years ago

(Newser) - There are thousands of shipwrecks at the bottom of the Great Lakes, but one of the very first full-sized ships to go down has been one of the hardest to find. The Griffin, built by French explorer Robert de la Salle, sank in Lake Michigan in 1679 and divers Kevin... More »

Explorer: I Found La Salle's Ship in Lake Michigan

Hopes to get permission to excavate, prove it's 17th-century vessel

(Newser) - A 17th-century ship called the Griffin has long eluded shipwreck hunters, but one especially persistent hunter thinks he's finally found the vessel that belonged to French explorer La Salle. Steve Libert tells AP that he is "99.9% sure" that he and his team have spotted the ship,... More »

Great Lakes Days Away From Record Ice Cover

Long cold spell excellent for lakes' health

(Newser) - This long, cold winter has created the most ice cover on the Great Lakes in 20 years —and with ice cover usually at its peak in mid-March, there's still time for records to be broken. Lake Superior is now more than 90% covered by ice, reports NBC , and... More »

Great Lakes Almost Completely Iced Over

They haven't frozen over this much since 1994

(Newser) - It's been so cold for such a long time in the Great Lakes region that the lakes are now almost completely covered with ice for the first time in 20 years. Ice cover has now reached 88% across the five lakes, the most since 1994, when 94% of their... More »

Boy Pulled From 11 Feet of Sand After Dune Collapse

Dune along Lake Michigan collapsed

(Newser) - A 8-year-old boy is in the hospital after being buried beneath 11 feet of sand for three-plus hours yesterday, reports CBS . The northern Indiana child was playing on dunes at a park along the shore of Lake Michigan, when one apparently collapsed, covering him even as his family scrambled to... More »

In Shipwreck Hunt, a Crucial Finding

Wooden beam in Lake Michigan apparently there for centuries

(Newser) - A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced yesterday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a French ship that disappeared in the 17th century. Expedition leaders still weren't... More »

A 300-Year-Old Mystery Sits Below Lake Michigan

There's something buried in the lake—is it a 17th century ship?

(Newser) - There's a 40-foot long, 18-foot wide object buried below Lake Michigan, and Steve Libert really hopes it's a 17th-century ship. Libert has been searching for a ship called the Griffin for three decades now. In 2001, he discovered a blackened timber slab near Poverty Island which may have... More »

2 Great Lakes Hit Record Lows on Water Level

Lakes Huron and Michigan continue to drop

(Newser) - Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels ever recorded, the US Army Corps of Engineers said today, capping more than a decade of below-normal rain and snowfall and higher temperatures that boost evaporation. Measurements taken last month show Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have reached their... More »

Erie, Ontario Fare Worst in Study of Great Lakes

Lake Superior relatively clean in comparison

(Newser) - A three-year environmental study has produced a color-coded map of the Great Lakes, with Ontario and Erie clearly under the most stress from a hodgepodge of factors, reports the Detroit Free Press . (See the map here .) One big culprit with those two lakes, however, is fertilizer runoff from farms,... More »

Charity Rower Pushes on in Wake of Sex Assault

Continuing 1,500-mile trek on Lake Michigan

(Newser) - A 27-year-old woman rowing 1,500 miles around Lake Michigan for charity says she will continue her journey despite being sexually assaulted on Sunday, reports the Chicago Tribune . Jenn Gibbons was attacked while sleeping in her rowboat by a man who was apparently following her journey online. "Every single... More »

25-Foot Waves Pound Chicago

Propelled by winds of up to 60 miles per hour

(Newser) - If you live in Chicago, today is probably a bad day to go sailing. For the second straight day, Lake Michigan is being bombarded by winds gusting at up to 60mph, which are conjuring up waves up to 25 feet high. Wipeout conditions and some low-level flooding are expected along... More »

Man Drowns Trying to Fetch Girlfriend's Water Bottle

Man's mom says he could not swim

(Newser) - A Michigan man drowned in Lake Michigan yesterday while trying to retrieve his girlfriend's water bottle, reports the Chicago Tribune . Michael Hilling, 19, was sitting at the shore around midnight with his girlfriend when the bottle fell in. Hilling's mother said he couldn't swim. "Who would care about a... More »

Chicago Firemen Save Coyote Floating on Chunk of Ice

At one point it tried to swim in the 33-degree waters of Lake Michigan

(Newser) - Firemen in the nation's third largest city staged a daring rescue today ... of a wild canine resident. A coyote was spotted floating several hundred yards off the Chicago shore on a chunk of ice. A fire department boat, aided by helicopters and onshore crews, snatched the shivering animal—which at... More »

840,000 Gallons of Oil Leak Into Michigan River

Kalamazoo feeds into Lake Michigan

(Newser) - A pipeline that normally sends oil from Griffith, Indiana, to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, sprang a leak Monday. What started in a small tributary has now reached the Kalamazoo River, and the oil—about 840,000 gallons spilled—could reach Lake Michigan this weekend. Volunteers are mobilizing to save local wildlife.... More »

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