Coast Guard advises caution for Lake Michigan swimmers, boaters as foul weather approaches

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – With similar weather conditions expected this week as last week, the U.S. Coast Guard is advising Lake Michigan residents and visitors to be cautious and commercial vessels to prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions and consider taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside.

According to the National Weather Service, winds and waves are expected to increase considerably this afternoon and tonight.

Last week, the Coast Guard and numerous other local authorities saved 28 people from dangerous rip currents near the Holland Beach pier in Holland, Mich. Chief Petty Officer Mark Rose, the officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Holland, was one of the first people on the scene and saved 14 people from the turbulent waters. With the weather conditions expected to be much the same as last week, residents are requested to heed the warnings posted by the National Weather Service, available HERE.

“It’s imperative that those who recreate on the Great Lakes exhibit personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of others,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sean Brady, commanding officer of Sector Field Office Grand Haven, Mich. “Rip tides and rip currents can develop with little notice, and there are no visual indicators of these from the beach. Be sure to look for warning flags and signs indicating when you should stay out of the water.”

Click HERE for general water safety tips.  Click HERE to read tips for avoiding and escaping rip currents.


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