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Tech Student Dies Of Hypothermia During Weekend Hiking Trip


The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the Michigan Tech University student who died in a hiking accident over the weekend in Champion Township.

Authorities say Marcus Antilla, 19, of Republic has been identified as the victim. The five other MTU students have been identified as:

-Connor Weber, 19, Grand Haven, Mich.

-Halan Carello, 19, Champion, Mich.

-Hunter Roose, 18, Ishpeming, Mich.

-Andrew Pumford, 19, Midland, Mich.

-Rush Rodwan, 18, Climax, Mich.

The investigation into the accident remains open at this time.

A Michigan Tech student is dead after a hiking trip Friday in Champion Township.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched Saturday morning to the area of Rocking Chair Lake, about 17 miles north of Ishpeming near Silver Lake.

Six Tech students were reportedly walking in the woods Friday night, when one of them went off to get firewood.

After he didn’t return, the hikers went looking for their friend and searched for about a half hour.  After returning to their camp, the hikers went out looking for him again and found him.

He was both cold and wet, but otherwise appeared to be fine.  However, his health began to decline at a rapid rate and he began to show signs of hypothermia.  The students eventually had to perform CPR on him.

The area they were at had no cell phone or radio reception.  They were able to find a bluff at 4:30 a.m. and called 911.  Search and rescue personnel located the hikers just before 8:00 a.m.

The hiker was brought back to the ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

His name is not being released until next of kin is notified.

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