Father and daughter drown at Duluth beach


They were both taken to Essential Health in Duluth.

The Duluth Fire Department responded to the Park Point Recreation Area at 4:20 p.m. on reports of two people who were swimming and had disappeared in the high waves. Her father, Ryan Paul Fuglie from Osceola, was found just after 6.

Multiple agencies - including the U.S. Coast Guard and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad -- searched the shoreline with five boats.

Rescue crews battled waves as high as seven feet during the search effort.

30 minutes later, the male victim was located and taken to the hospital.

First responders ran down the beach as a firefighter pulled the girl to shore and firefighters gathered around her to start CPR.

At this point, it is still unclear whether or not the swimmers were alive when they were found. "Stay out of the water regardless of your swimming experience", the fire department reported Thursday morning. The firefighters floated in the water next to their upside-down boat, trying to let the waves push them toward shore.

A rip current warning had been issued early Thursday that remains in effect till Friday. Public beaches at Park Point are closed. "As we saw during the rescue effort it was just really hard to deal with". Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the water.