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Ice Climber Dies After Falling into Lake Superior

A search has been called off after personal items from the missing climber were found not far from the Michigan ice climbs

The National Park Service (NPS) has identified an ice climber who went missing as 32-year-old James Bake of Gaylord, Mich. The NPS reported that Bake was climbing at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore when waves caused him to fall into Lake Superior. Bake was reported missing around 5:15 p.m on Tuesday.

The Coast Guard, along with Alger County Rescue 21 and the National Park Service, started to look for Bake shortly after being notified of his disappearance. The search was called off Tuesday night as large waves and ice formations made for dangerous conditions. The search resumed Wednesday, but according to Bake’s sister-in-law, Mandy Bake, “After extensive searching and discovering some personal items in the water, the authorities have called off the search both on the ground and in the water.”

Bake’s death comes as the Michigan Ice Festival is about to begin. Our condolences to Bake’s family and friends.

James Bake. Photo via Instagram @michiganbake