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Non-profit group warns of drownings on Lake Michigan

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jul 10, 2020

STURGEON BAY (NBC 26) -- A non-profit group that tracks drownings on the Great Lakes is warning that the deadly four W’s are in play: Warm, Wind, Waves and Weekend. They say it is a dangerous combination.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project reports there have already been 30 Great Lakes drownings this year and more than half of those were in Lake Michigan. The Coast Guard recommends you play it safe.

"If you have a kid, or pretty much anyone and you have them at the beach, put them in a life jacket. So, in case something does happen, and they get caught up in a current, that's just extra protection for them just in case,” said Petty Officer Dennis Whartnaby with the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard.

According to the group’s figures, last year there were 97 drownings in the Great Lakes and Lake Michigan claimed 48 of those lives.