LOCAL & STATE

Drownings in Lake Michigan Up in 2020…


A grim statistic:

Lake Michigan drownings are at a 10-year high, with 53 people dying in the third-largest of the Great Lakes so far in 2020, according to a water safety advocacy group. That compares with 48 drownings in 2019 and 42 drownings in 2018, the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project said.

Lakes drownings, said that compares with 48 drownings in 2019 and 42 in 2018.

The previous record was 49 drownings in 2010. Since 2010, there has been a total of 434 drownings in Lake Michigan, according to the project.

Just last week, 12-year-old Lane Frame of Manchester, Tennessee was swept off a Frankfort pier and drowned in the lake.

Dave Benjamin, the organization’s executive director of project management, told the Detroit Free Press there is a chance that the pandemic caused an increase in drownings, which forced pools to close, but he said his team saw it as “the new normal.”

Stay away from big deep bodies of water when it’s icy, slippery and windy or bad things can happen.

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