Officials warn public of dangerous water, swimming conditions
MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A beach hazard warning is out for the next few days in northern Michigan.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning beachgoers of dangerous swimming conditions between Grand Haven and Manistee on Lake Michigan on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Swimmers should be aware of high waves and strong currents. Waves could reach between six and ten feet high.
“There isn’t a depth for someone to suddenly be pulled and be pulled back out with a rip tide or a currents that we may have,” said Manistee Police Chief Tim Kozal. “We also have issues with people who want to go on the piers, but they can be pretty dangerous when you have situations the waves are high they are beating against them, just don’t take the chance.”
Law enforcement warn people to always be aware of the green, yellow or red flags and know what the water conditions are before you go into the water.
According to the Great Lake Surf Rescue Project, 22 people have died from drowning in Lake Michigan this year.