A man was at the Barkers Island Marikna on Tuesday, August 30 to do some routine maintenance on his boat when he discovered a red jacket floating in the water. He grabbed a pole to retrieve the jacket when he discovered it was actually a body in the water. The gentleman contacted management at the marina who then called 911.

Elijah Newton who is a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department stated that it appeared the man had been in the water for around 12 hours. The man has been identified as 60-year-old Samuel Clark of Le Seuer Minnesota. His body was found a few slips away from his sailboat that was docked. He was fully clothed except he was missing a shoe. There did not appear to be any signs of foul play.

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According to the Superior Telegram,(Paywall) Clark’s wife reported that he called her at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, but did not speak to her. An autopsy is expected to be conducted on September 1.

The Barkers Island Marina is rather large with 420 all-weather docks accommodating boats up to 55'. It is located in the Duluth-Superior Harbor on Superior Bay with easy access to Superior and Duluth. The marina offers many amenities on sight including a ships store, parts department, and a complete service center. Plus, laundry, dump stations, water, electricity, private bathrooms, showers, and more. You are able to dock your boat there on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis.

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