Staying safe during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is of course synonymous with heading to the beach but something you may not be as familiar with are the hidden dangers of the water.

According to the United States Life Saving Association, rip currents account for at least 100 deaths each year at United States surf beaches.

The Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department has posted several ways to take precaution in the face of a rip current.

They say not to fight the current, swim even with the shore until the current weakens, float or tread if you’re not able to escape, and call or wave for assistance.

And something else to remember, the national weather service says to be aware of all types of waves and to never turn your back when you’re in the water.

And to see the most up to date conditions and possible advisories for Lake Michigan, click here.

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