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MARQUETTE COUNTY — A Michigan Tech student has been identified after dying of hypothermia.
19-year-old Marcus Antilla of Republic, MI, was out hiking with five other male MTU students near Rocking Chair Lake, about 17 miles north of Ishpeming Friday night.
After Anitlla reportedly did not return from getting firewood, the others went to search for him and found him cold and wet. They built a fire to warm him up, then returned to their base camp. The other five men said he seemed fine, but soon after that his health declined at a rapid rate, and was showing severe symptoms of hypothermia. Friends of Antilla said at one point, they had to start CPR.
The area they were in had no cell phone or radio reception, but the other hikers were able to find a bluff to call 911 around 4:30 Saturday morning.
Marquette County deputies and other search units were able to locate the hikers at 7:56 a.m.
Antilla was brought back to an ambulance and had been pronounced dead.
The other five hikers have also been identified as Hunter Roose, 18, of Ishpeming; Rush Rodwan, 18, of Climax; Connor Weber, 19, of Grand Haven; Halan Carello, 19, of Champion; and Andrew Pumford, 19, of Midland.
Marquette County deputies were assisted by Marquette County search and rescue, Marquette County special operations 131, UP Health Care units 111 and 112, and Valley Medical helicopter.
Also assisting were approximately 16 to 20 ATV private citizens who were out and about on their ORV’s.
The investigation remains open.