Holland beach closed because of rip currents

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources closed the beach at Holland State Park two hours early Wednesday night because of dangerous rip current conditions in Lake Michigan. DNR officers instructed people to get out of the water and leave the beach area about 7:30 p.m., according to WZZM-TV. The beach normally closes around 9:30 p.m. A Coast Guard spokesman said emergency crews had rescued at least 20 people out of the lake by 7:30 p.m. Wednesday because of rip currents. At least 15 people had to be transported to area hospitals for treatment.
Aug 4, 2011


One of the rescues involved a Chicago man and his son, who were caught in a current and thrown against the rocks along the pier around noon Wednesday. Joseph Murphy, 50, and his 15-year-old son, Aiden, suffered cuts and abrasions and were taken to Holland Hospital.

Red flag warnings were out all day Wednesday at Holland State Park and other beaches along Lake Michigan.


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