Experts: Weather could make Lake Michigan risky

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is advising people to be careful in Lake Michigan as a cold front moving into the region could bring high waves and dangerous rip currents.

A beach hazards statement is in effect Friday in Michigan up and down the Lake Michigan coast, from Manistee to St. Joseph. Petty Officer 1st Class Randy Williams says it may be best to stay out of the water. In Ludington, Stearns Beach was closed.

The Coast Guard says it rescued a kayaker on the east arm of Grand Traverse Bay. He was wearing a life jacket and had been in the water for more than an hour.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts could reach 30 mph. The agency says it's critical that swimmers know the risks.

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