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Tips for surviving a rip current in Lake Michigan

Rip currents are quite common in the Great Lakes; here are some survival tips if you get caught in one.

According to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, 55 people have already lost their lives in the Great Lakes in 2018.

Many of those drownings happened during conditions very similar to what beach-goers experienced in Grand Haven on Sunday afternoon where two people drowned and three people were hospitalized.

Sustained winds out of the south at close to 30 miles per hour created a strong rip current prompting multiple water rescues in Grand Haven.

Here are some tips if you get caught in a rip current:

  • Try to relax and float with the current
  • Swim parallel to the shoreline rather than toward it
  • Once out of the current, let the waves push you back onto the beach
  • Swim with a buddy, never alone

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