The red flag was posted at Grand Haven State Park on what was supposed to be one of the hottest days of the summer so far — a draw for many college and high school students just finishing school for the year. Red flag means swimming is dangerous and people should stay out of the lake.
The 22-year-old Holland man and the 20-year-old Saline man were met by police after their swim across the channel, while a crowd lining the south pier watched.
Freeman said both men made it safely across the channel, but were ticketed for violating the city ordinance which prohibits swimming in the channel (Section 18-61).
The fine associated with the civil infraction is $50, she said.
Freeman cautioned people to remember the possible dangers of swimming in Lake Michigan “especially of jumping from the piers.”
“It is against the law to swim or jump into the channel and enforcement action will be taken accordingly,” she said. “We ask that persons visiting the beach be ever mindful of the water conditions by monitoring the posted warning flags at the state park.”
Freeman added that people should remember that risk takers endanger themselves and the persons trying to save them.
Logan Sabo of Spring Lake and Mac Jermstad of Grand Haven, both Spring Lake High School graduates, said they were in the area and rode their bikes out to the pier when they heard the sirens and saw police heading that way.
“It’s just something you don’t do around here,” Sabo said as the wind whipped sand across the dune. “It’s not worth it just to impress a couple of friends.”