Water safety

A kitesurfer gets some action in Lake Michigan off Grand Haven during a wavy day last year. The number signs help citizens and emergency crews quickly respond to incidents at the beach.

Water rescue incidents on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan are already happening at a higher rate than usual for this time of year.

Lt. Cmdr. Brian Swintek, the search-and-rescue coordinator for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, said they are 5-8 percent higher. That’s probably due to the unusually warm weather during the Memorial Day weekend, as well as the number of people who have been off work due to the pandemic, Swintek said.

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