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Superior man drowns in Lake Superior

A Superior man drowned off Barker's Island in Superior on Tuesday afternoon.

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Law said the man, whose age and identity have not been released pending notification of his family, was swimming in the channel between the manmade island and the mainland.

Law said the man swam off a dock near the Vista Fleet and Deco Bay buildings on the island and headed toward the bridge that leads to the island. He was swimming to some children who were jumping from the bridge.

"It sounds like they were all together going for a swim," Law said.

A 911 call to report a man in distress came in about1 p.m. A rescue diver found the man's body shortly after 2 p.m.

Law said the water in the channel has an inconsistent and occasionally strong current where it flows under the bridge.

Members of the Superior Police Department, Superior Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Coast Guard and Gold Cross responded to the scene.

Water in the area where the man drowned is about 8 to 9 feet deep, said Mark Nyman, a boat captain for the Vista Fleet. Law said that under the bridge, the water is about 10 feet deep.

Signs posted on both sides of the bridge say "No swimming off bridge." But that doesn't keep would-be swimmers out of the area.

"You see kids swimming here and off that dock pretty much every day when it's warm," Nyman said.