Teen's camera images prompt body search in popular Duluth swimming hole

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Clint Austin, Duluth News Tribune

Teen's camera images prompt body search in popular Duluth swimming hole

June 8, 2014 Updated Jun 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Meanwhile, just four blocks away in Duluth’s Lester Park, the Saint Louis County Rescue Squad was leading another possible body recovery mission in Amity Creek at the same time crews were searching for the missing plane Saturday afternoon.

According to Rescue Squad Captain Tom Crossman, the search was prompted by footage captured by a 16-year-old Duluth teenager’s GoPro camera May 30th while he was swimming in the creek’s popular swimming hole known as “The Deeps.”

Upon reviewing the footage seven days later, Crossman says the teen believed he saw an unidentified head, shoulder, elbow, and hand submerged in the water.

While plane recovery crews scanned the surface of Lake Superior Saturday afternoon, the Rescue Squad deployed a remotely operated vehicle with sonar into The Deeps, and walked a cadaver sniffing dog along the shoreline.

Meanwhile, the Douglas County Dive Team reported no body found, adding that fast-moving currents between May 30th and now would’ve most likely sent a body further downstream.

Crossman adds that they are unaware of any reports of missing people in the area.

He says the area, and the case, will remain a point of interest until further analysis of the footage, or other sources, present any definitive answers to the case.

The Deeps have been the scene of fatal accidents in the past, most recently in August of 2011 when 13-year-old Jefferson Bowen of Duluth drowned after jumping into the creek’s rain-swollen, fast-moving currents.

His body was recovered in Lake Superior six days later.

Billy Wagness