CHICAGO—The latest report from the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project shows that 69 people have drowned so far this year, and at least one person is still missing.
Eight of those deaths have happened since the beginning of August. All of these victims were males, and were between the ages of 17 and 50 years old.
August sees a lot of drownings because the water is warmer and the winds blow from the north, creating more waves. People don't understand how strong currents can be, and overestimate their swimming abilities.
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project recommends people know the signs of drowning and rip currents.
Iyou ever get caught in a dangerous current, experts say: flip, float and follow.
More information: www.ripcurrentsafety.com