Hazardous lake conditions

Lake Michigan has already proven to be a deadly force this summer, and this week the currents are more dangerous than usual.
Jul 23, 2013

The National Weather Service issued beach hazard statements for Tuesday and Wednesday along the shoreline. Winds are creating high waves and dangerous swimming conditions, with strong currents along structures and a strong possibility of rip currents.

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Beaches are issuing the highest level of warning with a red flag, to keep swimmers out of the water, but WZZM-TV found a number of them ignoring the rules.

At Holland State Park, swimmers like Zachary Delgado, 19, were willing to take the risk.

"I'm that type of person," he said. "I like adventure."

Just a few feet away, a family with two children were also battling the waves. Their father said both children have had swimming lessons, but neither was wearing a life vest.

A WZZM-TV reporter asked the father if his children should be wearing a vest.

"Maybe John, the youngest, but he's had swimming as well," Don Belknap said. "I guess they probably should have vests on."

Another beach-goer, Jessica Katerberg, said: "I definitely wouldn't let these kids out there at all. I'm just surprised to see that little boy over there and no life jacket."

The reporter asked swimmers if it was worth the risk, even knowing that people have already drowned this year.

"It is worth it," Delgado said. "It is sad people do drown. I hope not to be one of those people."

Others decided to find a safer spot for vacation along the shore.

"It's still summer," Katerberg said. "You can walk to get away, and hang out with friends."



It seems people from elsewhere, like Delgado (Lansing), or Belknap (east side of state) have no respect for our 'Lake'. It is not like any little lake, more like an ocean when she whips up. And there is almost nothing you would be able to do to save those jacketless kids once they were caught in a rip tide. Buy some common sense you ignorant fools!
Seriously, if you must enter the water when there is a red flag, wear life vests people! You may feel like a Jerkoff, but at least you will be going home later...


It is a positive thought and post to hope and advise children to wear some type of approved flotation device. The reality is more severe however; the force of the rip tide or undertow can easily hold (pull) a child in a face down position, ever pulling until breath has been exhausted. To allow a child to be in the water deeper than their waste, and not being close enough to grab them at a seconds notice, is child endangerment. If a highly functioning adult allows their child in the water when all the warnings are up, and something terrible happens, it is criminal. Don't do it, don't let them swim, or don't go to the beach at all if you have no self control and can't say no.

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