Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Dave Benjamin, Executive Director of Public Relations, 708-903-0166
Bob Pratt, Executive Director of Education, 517-643-2553
Great Lakes Drownings continue to skyrocket
61 to date; 222 since 2010
GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) announces its current drowning statistics. Great Lakes drownings climb to 61! Overall, there have been 222 drownings since 2010.
#60 – Lake Erie – Charles D. McCarley, 46, disappeared Friday night after he headed out alone to listen to music on a docked boat. More than 12 hours later, police found his body beneath that same boat. Foul play is not suspected. It’s believed that McCarley, who had been drinking earlier with his father, fell into the water and drowned.
#61 – Lake Huron – The boater jumped into the water to fish out a hat before 2:30 p.m. that had blown overboard. The area, known as “The Cove” is known for its strong currents, located near the mouth of the yacht club. The boater wasn't wearing a lifejacket.
“Everyone who enters the Great Lakes should know the “Dangerous Currents” and be a strong swimmer,” said Dave Benjamin, executive director. “Weather conditions can change fast, which will change the water condition.”
BEACH AND WATER SAFETY TIPS
--Constant uninterrupted adult supervision of children; i.e. Keep children within arm’s reach – aka hands-on touch supervision
--Know the signs of Drowning
--Know the Michigan Sea Grant’s “Flip, Float, and Follow” rip current survival strategy
--Know the dangers of Offshore Winds
--When in doubt, don’t go out. Know your limits and the limits of your friends and family at the beach.
--Don’t jump off piers or break walls.
--Obey posted warning flags (Green, Yellow, Red)
--Swim at guarded beaches
--Never swimming alone or in unsupervised places. Teach children to always swim with a friend.
--Refraining from swimming beyond skill level
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, Inc. (GLSRP) is about saving lives. It is a nonprofit corporation that is a Chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) that tracks drowning statistics, teaches “Water Safety Surf Rescue” classes, and leads the “Third Coast Ocean Force” rip current awareness campaign on the Great Lakes.
It has been selected to present at the 2nd International Rip Current Symposium Nov. 1st, 2012 in Sydney, Australia; the 2012 winner of the “Outstanding Service to the Great Lakes Community” award presented by the Dairyland Surf Classic; the 2011 “Lifesaver of the Year” award winner; and a presenter at the NDPA’s 11th Annual Symposium in San Diego, March 9, 2012.
FREE "Water Safety Surf Rescue" class scheduled for the summer. The “Water Safety Surf Rescue” classes are FREE and OPEN to the public, surfers, lifeguards, police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, water rescue team members, dive team members, and the Coast Guard. Walk-ins welcome or RSVP to Dave Benjamin, 708-903-0166.
Upcoming “Water Safety Surf Rescue” class dates and cities:
Sat., Aug 4, South Haven, MI
Sun., Aug. 5, Grand Haven, MI
Mon., Aug 13, Coloma, MI [Private class]
Sun., August 19, New Buffalo, MI
Sun., Sept. 3, Sheboygan, WI
More dates to be announced soon…
The class will teach participants how to:
· Recognize the danger of the surf environment keeping personal safety as THE primary responsibility
· Understand rip currents; i.e. how, where, and why rip currents occur and how to survive rips;
· Know the “Signs of Drowning” – How to identify a person in trouble from within a crowd.
· How to perform the Michigan Sea Grant’s “Flip, Float, and Follow” rip current survival strategy
· Summon help and use a surfboard or other flotation device to rescue a person in distress or in a rip current
· React when encountering swimmers who have suffered an injury or unconscious
· Enroll in lifesaving, first aid and CPR training from accredited agencies.
2012Great Lakes Drownings
(61 as of August 1)
(Info provided by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project)
1. Sun. 01/08 John Doe M-30s Chicago
2. Tue. 01/24 Brittany Finley 22-F Oak Creek, WI
3. Sun. 02/05 John Doe M-50s Chicago
4. Fri. 03/02 Talmadge “Todd” Channell 35-M Chicago ?
5. Sun. 03/04 Philip Patnaude 28-M Chicago Fell in Harbor
6. Mon. 03/05 Rasheed Mariano 17-M Waukegan, IL Pier Jump
7. Sat. 03/10 Peter Dougherty 24-M Port Washington, WI Kayaking
8. Mon. 03/26 Jane Doe ?-F Chicago
10. Sun. 04/22 David Dickerson 43-M Grand Traverse Bay Canoe
11. Wed. 05/19 Maurice Blandin 21-M North Ave. Beach, IL ?
12. Thur. 05/24 Lexie Adu 15-F Chicago, Loyola Park Rip Current
13. Sat. 05/26 Jane Doe 36-F 59th Street harbor ?
14. Mon. 05/28 Jorge Garduno 20-M Zion, Illinois Swimming
15. Sat. 06/02 Ling Lang Zou 24-F Ludington, MI ?
16. Tues. 06/12 George Sosa 14-M Chicago, IL North Ave. Beach
17. Fri. 06/15 Christian Ouding 13-M Grand Haven, MI
20. Tues. 06/19 Alexander Hines 26-M St. Joseph, MI Fall from pier
22. Wed. 07/04 Mahlik J. Harris ?-M 31St Street Beach, Chicago
23. Sun. 07/08 Corey McFry 15-M Portage, IN Possible Rip Current
24. Thur. 07/12 Romero Roundtree 16-M Chicago, IL
25. Sun. 07/15 Dr. Victoria Kut 44-F Lake Forest, IL
28. Sat. 07/21 Robert Moran 18-M Cross Village Beach, MI
30. Fri. 07/27 Ayanna Patterson 12-F North Avenue Beach, Chicago, IL
31. Mon. 06/11 Jeffery Carlos Watson Jr., 13-M Duluth, MN
32. Sun. 06/17 Robert Weitzel 57-M Pigeon Bay Point, MN Kayak
33. Tues. 06/26 Derril Yerigan 52-M Whitefish Point, MI Scuba Diving
34. Thur. 07/05 William Jaksha 54-M Ontonagon
35. Wed. 07/11 Rose Mary Marshall 89-F Grand Marais
36. Sat. 01/21 J. Doe ?-? Boulevard Club
37. Thur. 02/09 John Doe 47-M Burloak Waterfront Park
38. Sun. 02/26 J. Doe ?-? Queen’s Quay
39. Wed. 02/29 Mathieu LeClair 20-M Kingston, Ont.
40. Fri. 03/16 John Doe 20-M Toronto Fall
41. Fri. 04/13 Jane Doe ?-F Etobicoke Yacht Club
42. Sat. 04/21 David Tuttle ?-M Henderson, NY
43. Sun. 06/16 Marcos A. Peralta 27-M Fair Haven Beach Pier Jumping
44. Sun. 07/08 Dennis J. Ash 16-M Wilson, NY Swimming near Pier
45. Thur. 07/19 John Doe 24-M Bluffer’s Park
46. Sat. 07/21 John Doe 17-M
47. Tues. 07/24 Timothy D. Confer 33-M Sandy Creek
48. Wed. 05/23 Gregory Gulko 45-M Point Pelee Sailing
49. Thur. 06/21 John Doe 22-M Lake Erie Harbor Pier Jumping
51. Thur. 07/04 Anthony Norman 23-M Avon Lake, Ohio Fishing
52. Fri. 07/13 David Harder 07-M Port Burwell, Ont. Swimming
53. Fri. 07/13 Lisa Harder 10-F Port Burwell, Ont. Swimming
54. Sat. 07/14 John Doe 12-M Sherkston Shores, Ontario
55. Tues. 07/17 Terry Hansard 18-M Euclid Beach, Cleveland
56. Fri. 07/27 Charles D. McCarley 46-M Ottawa County’s West Harbor
58. Mon. 07/09 Mohammed Zindani 7-M Port Huron
59. Son. 07/22 John Doe 6-M Manitoulin Island
60. Mon. 07/23 John Doe 21 Mos-M Manitoulin Island
61. Sun. 07/29 John Doe 43-M Sarnia Yacht Club