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During the summer water sports are a fun pastime to enjoy yourself and the nice weather. To date in 2022 there have been around 32 drownings in Michigan.

Alpena Township Fire Chief Mark Hansen said, “well I would say to the area residents of Michigan that might be coming up to our Great Lakes to swim there is an under current at times so swim within your abilities, always have a partner swimming with you and if you have questionable things about your swimming abilities a life jacket would be the first thing I would recommend.”

Drownings in Michigan have been high over the past years and taking the time to ensure your safety can save your life.

Marine Services Team, MSP Sgt. Randal Parros said, “most importantly is to adhere to the warnings at the local and public beaches for when there’s strong waves and current actions and to not go swimming at those times and to avoid the peers where waves are crashing over the peers but most importantly you should wear a life jacket.”

Making sure you aware that a current of water is below the surface and moving in a different direction from any surface current is another tip. Never swimming alone, wearing a Uā€“S Coast Guard approved life jacket appropriate for your weight and size, and knowing your limitations including physical and medical conditions is also very important.