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Sturgeon River Drowning Victim Identified

The man who drowned Friday night in the Sturgeon River south of L’Anse has been identified as 24-year-old Kevin Lobo.

A spokesperson from Michigan Technological University says Lobo was a graduate student in computer science. 

State Police troopers were called to the Canyon Falls Park in L’Anse Township Friday around 8:00 pm. They were told that Lobo had jumped into the river several times. After his last jump, he appeared to struggle in the strong current.

Witnesses entered the river to try to rescue Lobo, but were unable to. He was swept downstream in the current, and did not resurface.

First responders searched for Lobo until nightfall, but did not find him. The search resumed Saturday morning, and continued until the body was located in the water at 4:30 that afternoon.

An investigation continues.

Numerous law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and search and rescue team combined their efforts for the search and recovery, including the Michigan State Police dive team, the Michigan State Police aviation unit, and K9 units from the Calumet and Iron Mountain State Police posts. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Baraga County Search and Rescue Unit, the L’Anse and Covington fire departments, Bay Ambulance, the Baraga County Sheriff’s office, the Baraga Police department, Michigan DNR conservation officers, the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police, and the American Red Cross. Sandwiches and beverages for rescue personnel were provided by Subway of L’Anse.

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