Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Would-be rescuer and victim drown in Lake Superior at north shore resort

Author:

A man who jumped into Lake Superior in an effort to make a rescue drowned on Tuesday, along with the man he was trying to save, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The incident occurred near the Bluefin Bay Resort near Tofte shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Evan Alexander Johnson, 40, of Menomonie, Wis., had jumped into the lake after being in a hot tub on shore. He was in distress in the water, and Wayne Louis Hoffman, 66, of Spring Green, Wis., attempted to rescue him.

Hoffman was swept into the lake by a large wave and did not reappear. According to the News Tribune, waves on the lake were 4 to 6 feet at the time, and the water was 37 degrees.

Johnson was able to make it to shore. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a statement saying it sent an ice rescue team from Duluth to search for Hoffman, with assistance from a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 aircraft, which launched flares to help illuminate the search area.

Hoffman's body was found about 10 p.m., according to the Coast Guard, about a half mile away from where he entered the water and approximately 400 yards off shore.

BringMeTheNews' Rick Kupchella is in the area and saw the search planes dropping flares. The planes are visible near the center of the image below:

Next Up

hospital, emergency room

Driver killed after other motorist crosses into opposite lane

The head-on crash occurred early Thursday, just north of the Twin Cities.

shot clock

MSHSL approves shot clock for Minnesota varsity basketball

Shot clocks will be required at all varsity games beginning in 2023-24.

Redmons Popcorn Colbert screengrab

Popcorn shop featured on 'The Late Show' has to close 2 days later

A county inspection after the national TV appearance found code violations.

covid, vaccine

Minnesotan infected with omicron was vaccinated, had booster shot

The Hennepin County man received his booster shot in early November.

Timothy William Tuit

2 people plead guilty in fatal Dakota County home invasion

Two others charged in the incident will go to trial next year.

south lake minnetonka police department

25-year-old arrested after multi-city police chase in western suburbs

Police were called for a welfare check but learned it was a domestic violence incident.

Screen Shot 2021-12-02 at 8.34.54 AM

After getting COVID, Harrison Smith still not considering vaccine

The Vikings safety says he doesn't plan on getting vaccinated.

covid

First omicron variant COVID case detected in MN

The individual is an adult male who lives in Hennepin County and had recently traveled.

wright county Sheriff Sean Deringer

Minnesota sheriff bashes MPD, 'disgusted' by officers' actions

The sheriff said he will no longer defend the Minneapolis Police Department.

Screen Shot 2021-12-02 at 7.59.52 AM

More than 2 years after announcing, Duck Donuts finally opens at MOA

The grand opening of the new location took place Wednesday.

Related

Father, daughter who drown in Lake Superior ID'd

The 10-year-old and her father died while swimming near a popular Duluth beach house.

Pixabay - water surface

Swimmer pulled 200 yards from shore by rip current in Lake Superior

The woman was swimming in Duluth Saturday afternoon when a rip current pulled her away from shore.