Summer Accidents :(

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Summer Accidents :(
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Fri, 07-13-2012 - 2:49pm

It happens every year, and I can't imagine how hard it has to be for the rescue workers.  We are near Lake Michigan, and in the past week there have been three teenage drownings that I'm aware of.  The lake has rip currents, and people who aren't familiar with the lake don't realize this.  One boy jumped in to help his younger sister, and he was fortunate to have been pulled out.  It took 8 men to rescue him.  It's mostly people going to beaches without life guards or people who hear about the "no swimming" and then go down a half mile to where there aren't life guards to tell them to stay out of the water.

Do you have a lot of deaths like this in your area too?  I almost don't even want to look at our local headlines each morning because of this.

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 5:56pm

Well...common sense seems to be more and more uncommon these days :smileyindifferent:

 


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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 10:49am
Life jackets at the lake would be nice, especially at the state park. Though, I wonder if anyone would use them. The locals might, but it's usually the out of state visitors who are the ones who get hurt most often. I really don't understand why people would think it would be OK to just walk 50 yards down to an unguarded beach to swim when lifeguards made you get out of the water because of the rip currents just 5 minutes before.

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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 12:47am

That's awesome that your lake has life jackets available like that.  A good use of federal dollars, for a change.  Yea, the Army Corps of Engineers is all about safety...they certainly don't take chances, do they?


Sue
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