Close call: Massive cliff falls feet away from group of kayakers


MUNISING, Mich. (WTHR) – It was a very close call for a group of kayakers who were on a tour at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Monday.

A massive section of a cliff fell into Lake Superior about 50 feet away from them.

The moment was caught on camera by Jon Smithers with a drone he operated from a pontoon boat.

The video serves as a reminders that the beautiful sandstone cliffs are less stable than you might think.

Van Ouellette-Ballas of Northern Waters Adventures told WLUC that some smaller rocks had fallen near the group just before the massive section fell.

"We thought we were at a safe distance," said Ouellette-Ballas. "We got far away."

Smithers says after they heard screams and saw the cliff fall, he flew his drone closer to make sure everyone was okay.

"We really thought there were kayakers underneath because it blew out so far," said Smithers.

None of the 18 kayakers were hurt, according to WLUC.

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