The beach can be the best part of summer, but it can also be the most dangerous too. In 2012, there were over 100 drownings on all 5 Great Lakes, half of those happened on Lake Michigan. Another scary fact- half of those drownings, or 25, happened at the South end of the lake.
To avoid scary situations and fatalities, the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project is reminding people to be smart when heading to the beach. Safe swimmers, safe water and safe response.
The group is also stressing the importance of a newer campaign. Instead of "swim parallel" GLSRP says "Flip, float and follow" is more effective. As always, try not to panic.
For more information on beach safety and statistics, click here for the GLSRP website.