Officials ID man who died after fall into Lake Superior from Miners Castle area

MUNISING — The man who died Saturday after falling into Lake Superior near the Miners Castle area at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has been identified as Dominic Rotondi, a 21-year-old man from Lincoln Park, according to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore officials.

Park rangers had been informed a little after 7 p.m. Saturday that a person fell from atop of the cliff in the Miners Castle area in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

National Park Service rangers and Alger County Sheriff Department personnel responded. Upon arrival, the victim was found in the water below the cliff. Alger County Rescue 21 retrieved the victim and Alger County paramedics pronounced the person dead at the scene, according to a news release from the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Rotondi was transported to UP Health System hospital in Marquette.

“The main cause of death appears to be blunt trauma resulting from a fall of nearly 100 feet,” park officials said in the release.

Rotoni and some friends were visiting the area near the upper viewing platform at Miners Castle, according to the release.

“For reasons currently unknown, Rotondi stepped over a fence that runs along the top of the cliff,” officials said in the release. “He appeared to lose his footing near the edge and fell approximately 100 feet to the cliff face below and then into Lake Superior.”

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the NPS in coordination with the Marquette County Medical Examiner.


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