Drowning deaths up; What you can do to stay safe

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16 people have drowned in Lake Michigan so far this year. That’s up from one at this time last year. That is a staggering increase in deaths and a sober reminder to not take the lake for granted.

The Coast Guard warns swimmers to always check the weather and marine forecast before heading to the beach or on the boat.

They also say jumping off a break wall is extremely dangerous. Never jump in the water when you don’t know how deep it is or what’s under there.

Drowning deaths up; What you can do to stay safeOther things to remember: Don’t swim beyond your abilities. And always have someone watching you to make sure you don’t go into distress – whether it’s a lifeguard or a family member or friend.

If you see someone in distress, tell the life guard or call 911 and keep your eyes on that person so rescuers can get to them quickly. Never go out to save them – you could wind up drowning.

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