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Dangerous swim conditions continue

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

The National Weather Service said northwest winds of 15-25 mph will continue through Saturday evening. Waves heights of 3-6 feet are expected through Saturday.

The Beach Hazards Statement calls for high wave action, strong structural and longshore currents can be expected, and dangerous rip currents are possible.

The warning area stretches from St. Joseph north to Manistee. Beaches with particularly dangerous conditions include Grand Haven State Park and Pere Marquette in Muskegon. The most hazardous areas will be on the north sides of piers and breakwalls.

Precautions:

— Swimmers should be sure of their ability.

— Children should not enter the water unsupervised and without a certified flotation device.

— Pay attention to flags and signs posted near beach access points and lifeguard stations.

— High wave action alone can make swimming difficult, and incoming waves in rapid succession can tire a swimmer quickly.

— Structural currents can sweep a swimmer out lakeward along the pier structure.

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