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Boat search on Lake Superior ends well

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SILVER BAY, Minn. -- A large-scale air and water search of Lake Superior ended on a positive note yesterday, when two adults, two children, and their 23-foot cabin cruiser were found safely in the Apostle Islands, but officials are reminding boaters to make sure to communicate with family and friends when they are planning to be on the water.

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The 911 call came from the mother of one of the children, who had gone boating with a friend, when the group didn't return after a couple of hours as expected. Not only did Kevin Miller's plans change when he got his boat out on the water, but Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson says rough weather may have forced them to overnight at Sand Island and that information wasn't communicated to the guest child's family.

The lengthy search included boats, helicopters, and an airplane, and involved both the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard, four county sheriff's departments, and two state agencies.

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