On July 19, 2020, a man and two children struggled in deep water in Lake Superior near Marquette, Michigan. A member of her college swim team, Marena L. Kouba, 21, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, was nearby and entered the lake despite rough water. Kouba swam several hundred feet to 37-year-old Eric E. J. Benac, and instructed him to hold onto her. Kouba swam to the children, ages 10 and 11, who were nearby, and instructed them to do the same. With all three people holding to one arm, Kouba swam toward shore, but quickly tired as she struggled against the current. She shouted to others to bring rescue equipment, and others on shore swam about 100 feet to reach them, assisting Benac and the children to safety.