MTU identifies student lost at Canyon Falls

CANYON FALLS — A Michigan Technological University student who died after a Friday swimming accident at Canyon Falls Park has been identified.

The body of Kevin Lobo, 24, was recovered Saturday afternoon about 300 yards from the main swimming hole on the Sturgeon River. Lobo had been swimming with friends Friday night when he was overpowered by a strong current after jumping several times in the river. His friends attempted to rescue him, but were unable to reach him before they became exhausted.

Lobo was pursuing a master’s degree in computer science, Tech said in a release Monday.

“The University community is heartbroken… We extend our condolences to Kevin’s family, friends, and loved ones,” the release said. “Kevin’s loss is the second the University community has experienced in a short period of time. Losing a student and member of our community is never easy and experiencing two losses in such a short period of time is particularly difficult.

In addition to our condolences, we also offer our sincere gratitude to the volunteer fire, rescue and emergency personnel involved in the search and recovery efforts.”

Michigan State Troopers arrived on scene about 8 p.m. Friday; aided by numerous local agencies, they searched until nightfall. The search resumed Saturday, including K-9 units, a dive team and an aerial unit from Lansing.

Lobo’s body was spotted from the air about 2:45 p.m. It was recovered about 4:30 p.m.

The accident is still being investigated. Lobo did not appear to have any medical issues, MSP Trooper Matt Djerf said.

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