Wednesday, August 1, 2012

61 Great Lakes Drownings


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.”

--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
--When in doubt, don’t go out.  Know your limits and the limits of your friends and family at the beach.
--Designate Water Watchers (The Water Watcher Card) by Safe Kids USA
--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                      
9.      Wed.         04/11   Willie Edward Hurse              33-M   Beverly Shores, IN    
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
18.  Mon.          06/17   Leonel Dominguez                  31-M   Beverly Shores, IN
19.  Mon.          06/17   Joseph Hall                              58-M   Pere Marquette Park, MI
20.  Tues.          06/19   Alexander Hines                     26-M   St. Joseph, MI             Fall from pier
21.  Wed.         06/20   Maleisa Brown                        3-F       South Haven, MI
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          
26.  Fri.             07/20   Nacere Bradley                       5-M     West Beach, Gary, IN
27.  Fri.             07/20   Craig A. Hoffman                   44-M   Eichelman Park, Kenosha, WI
28.  Sat.            07/21   Robert Moran                          18-M   Cross Village Beach, MI
29.  Fri.             07/27   Ron Washington                     60-M   Burton Place, Chicago, IL
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
50.  Wed.         06/26   Laura Recco                            47-F     Huntington Beach, Ohio Rip Current
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

57.  Sun.           07/01   Jeno Bujtas                              27-M   Grand Bend
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

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