Great Lakes drownings hit 87

While Labor Day brought celebration and relaxation for many, it also brought with it distressing news: 87 people have drowned in the Great Lakes so far this year – the same number of people that drowned for the entire year of 2011.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project reports that, on Labor Day, a man, 29, was pulled from Lake Erie near Long Point Provincial Park in Ontario Canada. He had been missing for 25 minutes.

In addition to advising residents to keep clear of turbulent waters, the project continues to push the technique “Flip, Float and Follow.” If caught in a rip current, don’t panic. Instead, swimmers should flip onto their back, float to see where the water is moving, and then swim parallel to the shore.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project said there may still be a lot of swimming weather left, but that most drownings are preventable.

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