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- On Monday, a group of 18 kayakers went out with Northern Waters Adventures on Lake Superior.
- The group was on a tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan when a part of the cliff broke off, landing in the water, TV6 reported.
- No one was injured, but video of the moment is terrifying.
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On Monday, a group of 18 kayakers went on a tour of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan when a part of a cliff broke off landing just feet from the tourists in the waters of Lake Superior, TV6 reported.
Van Ouellette-Ballas, a guide with Northern Waters Adventures, was out on the water that day. Earlier that day, some smaller rocks had fallen off. And just before the big fall, the group had begun to paddle away. Ouellette-Ballas told TV6 the group was at “a safe distance” and “far away.”
At the time of the cliff collapse, the kayakers were just 50 feet away. Thankfully, no one was injured.
Harrowing drone footage of the moment was captured by nature photographers Jon Smithers and Craig Blacklock, and was reshared to TV6 & FOX UP’s Facebook page. At the time, the photographers were on a nearby boat and fired up their cameras when they heard a loud noise, according to MLive.com.
“We really thought there were kayakers underneath because it blew out so far,” Smithers said.
Richard Ziegler, a geology professor at Northern Michigan University, told TV 6 that what the kayakers witnessed was a part of nature.
“The slope has been over-steepened by waves pounding away at the bottom of the slope,” Ziegler said. “The slope becomes too steep. Gravity takes over, and rock starts to fall.”
For Ouellette-Ballas, this experience has reshaped the way he sees those cliffs – and the way he kayaks.
“A lot of people think these rocks are stable and they’re really safe, but as we can see, that’s not the case at all,” he said. “I’m definitely not getting under these rocks again, that’s for sure.”
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