A man attempting to reach Isle Royale from Grand Portage on a Kawasaki Jet Ski had to be rescued from the middle of Lake Superior after running out of fuel on July 7. The man was able to be located on the largest lake in North America because – somehow – he was able to get cell service more than 30 miles off shore.
At 10:01 p.m., the Cook County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the man himself, who said he could hear a ship’s fog horn and that he was sounding his own horn but that the two weren’t connecting.
The dispatcher advised the man to call 911 and stay on the phone as long as possible so that his exact location could be determined.
Instead of going due east to Isle Royale, the man ended up 36 miles southeast of Grand Portage. Guest Host Brad Johnson speculates that the reason for this misdirection is that the rich iron deposits in the Iron Range make compasses dangerously inaccurate.