Michigan Sea Grant

3:53 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Groups hope to reduce drownings due to rip currents

The Michigan Sea Grant will distribute more lifesaving equipment on Michigan beaches this summer
Credit dangerouscurrents.org

Safety advocates hope to reduce drownings caused by rip currents in the Great Lakes this summer - especially at Michigan beaches.

A rip current is a strong river-like flow of water away from shore, that happens when water is pushed up against something like a pier, island, or sandbar.

Swimmers who get caught in one can panic, become exhausted swimming against it, and drown.

Elizabeth LaPorte is with the Michigan Sea Grant.

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