Kayakers Escape Injury as Cliff Collapses Into Lake Superior - NBC Chicago

Kayakers Escape Injury as Cliff Collapses Into Lake Superior

WLUC-TV reports the kayakers were in an area where sandstone cliffs stand up to about 200 feet above the water

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    Kayakers on a tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in northern Michigan narrowly escaped injury when a large section of cliff collapsed near them into Lake Superior.

    WLUC-TV reports the kayakers were in an area where sandstone cliffs stand up to about 200 feet above the water.

    Van Ouellette-Ballas of Northern Waters Adventures, one of the guides, says smaller rocks had fallen near the group Monday before the massive section fell. He says they "thought we were at a safe distance" and were paddling away when the large collapse missed them by about 50 feet.

    Nature photographers Jon Smithers and Craig Blacklock were on a boat and Smithers turned a drone toward the sounds of the collapse in time to record video of it.

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