203 since 2010
"I was surfing there at the time when I noticed a police 4x4 driving down the beach to a group of people," Dave Benjamin. "Since we were already in the water, we paddled in the general direction in front of the group to start a search. Within a few minutes there were a lifeguard and two additional rescue team members in the water searching the general area."
"Unfortunately it's like trying to find a needle in a moving haystack where there are waves, longshore currents, and rip currents moving in so many different directions. With drowning, every submerged second that passes is the life slipping away and the rescue attempt becomes a body recovery. It was hard realizing that while in the water. It was also hard to get out of the water knowing that he was still in there. Heart goes out to the family."
Lake Michigan accounts for 78% of all Great Lakes drownings this year (23 of 42). Also, in Lake Michigan there have been 23 drownings this year as compared to 12 on this date in 2011; an increase of 92%.
42. Mon. 07/09 Mohammed Zindani 7-M Port Huron