KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The number of drowning deaths in the Great Lakes this year reached double digits.
Eleven people have drowned so far, and Lake Michigan saw the most deaths.
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project has been tracking drowning deaths on the Great Lakes for ten years. As of May 29, 2019, they reported 751 drowning deaths. Lake Michigan recorded the most deaths of any lake with 340.
This year seven people drowned in Lake Michigan. Three drowned in Lake Erie. One drowned in lake Ontario.
Overall, 2018 was the worst year on record. By the end of May in that year, 20 drowning deaths had been recorded.