Sunday, September 30, 2012

Flip, Float, and Follow in the News - Summer 2012

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project’s
Summer News Coverage of the
Michigan Sea Grant’s
“Flip, Float, and Follow” Rip Current Survival Campaign

GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) endorses the updated Rip Current Survival Strategy created by the Michigan Sea Grant titled, "Flip, Float, and Follow". [Similar to the fire safety technique, “Stop, Drop, and Roll” if you ever catch on fire.]  The GLSRP has promoted the “Flip, Float, and Follow” rip current survival strategy through its “Water Safety Surf Rescue” classes this summer and it has received over 30 media mentions (Listed below).  

Now the GLSRP will be taking this updated rip current survival strategy to an international audience at the 2nd International Rip Current Symposium Nov. 1st, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

How to use the “Flip, Float, Follow” Rip Current Survival Strategy

1.  FLIP:
Flip over onto your back and float.

2.  FLOAT:
A.   Float to keep your head above water.
B.   Float to calm yourself down from the panic and fear of drowning.
C.   Float to conserve your energy.

While you are floating, you are following the current. Follow the current to assess which way it is pulling you.Then swim perpendicular to the currents flow until you are out of it and then swim toward shore. If you are too tired to swim to shore, continue to float and signal someone on shore. Also, the waves may eventually bring you back to shore.

--As long as you are floating, you are alive.
--As long as you are struggling or fighting the current, you are drowning – Conserve your energy and do not do the Signs of Drowning.

1.      06/03/2012 St. Joseph, MI
2.      06/23/2012 Frankfort, MI
3.      06/24/2012 Ogden Dunes, MI
4.      07/11/2012 Coloma, MI Firefighters Association
5.      07/21/2012 Duluth, MN
6.      07/29/2012 Washburn, WI
7.      08/04/2012 South Haven, MI
8.      08/05/2012 Grand Haven, MI
9.      08/13/2012 Coloma, MI (Private class for a family reunion)
10.  08/19/2012 New Buffalo, MI
11.  09/02/2012 Sheboygan, WI
12.  Chicago, IL (date to be determined)

1.      September 11, 2012,
The Herald-Palladium
“Flip, float and follow – A life-saving motto for those struggling in water”

2.      September 11, 2012
Traverse City Record-Eagle
“Great Lakes drownings: 89 so far this year”
Benjamin said the chief rule for swimming in the Great Lakes is respect for the water's power. He encourages swimmers to follow the Michigan Sea Grant's "Flip, Float and Follow" strategy when caught in a rip current. The first step is for swimmers to flip onto their back and float to conserve energy and fight off a sense of panic. The next step is to follow the current and swim perpendicular to the current's flow, until the swimmer is able to emerge. "When you are floating, you can calm down and assess which way it's pulling you," Benjamin said. "As long as you are floating, you are alive. As long as you are struggling, you are drowning."

3.      September 04, 2012
“Great Lakes drownings hit 87”
The project continues to push the technique “Flip, Float and Follow.” If caught in a rip current, don’t panic. Instead, swimmers should flip onto their back, float to see where the water is moving, and then swim parallel to the shore.

4.      August 27, 2012
Jerry Davich Colum: ‘I think Corey would be proud of me’
“Everyone who enters the Great Lakes should know about the ‘Flip, Float, and Follow’ rip current survival campaign,” he said. “As long as are floating you are alive.”  The eventual goal of the Michigan Sea Grant’s “Flip, Float, Follow” rip current survival strategy is to develop a national curriculum similar to the Fire Prevention Services’ “Stop, Drop and Roll” program. 
“Ask anyone anywhere in the United States and they probably know ‘Stop, Drop and Roll,’ he noted, hoping Flip, Float, Follow can catch on as well.

5.      August 23, 2012
“74 Confirmed Drownings in the Warm Great Lakes this Year”
It is extremely important to be familiar with memorable safety sayings, including "Flip, Float, Follow" that can save your life if you find yourself struggling in a drowning.

6.      August 17, 2012
“Before Summer Ends, A New Must-Know Safety Tip For All Swimmers”
From there, Benjamin made it to shore by following the Flip, Float and Follow strategy.

The flip, float and follow saying was created by the Michigan Sea Grant to be memorable and help save people in a drowning incident.

Flip over onto your back and figure out which way the current is flowing.
Float to keep your head above water and conserve energy.
Follow the current until it weakens. Rip currents dissipate quickly as they move away from the shore into deeper water. Ride it out and swim perpendicular to the current back to shore.

"We believe flip, float and follow will work in any body of moving water. The whole premise is as long as you're floating, you're alive. You calm yourself down and follow the best action to get out of the water. We believe a lot of drowning is ... because people panic, they're in water, and it is the instinctive drowning response," Benjamin said. "When someone goes into the instinctive drowning response, they've got between 15 and 45 seconds before final submersion."

The flip, float and follow saying was modeled after the famous "stop, drop and roll."

7.      August 19, 2012
Fox 28
“Mom of drowning victim wants to prevent future drownings”
The best thing to remember if you do get into trouble in the water, Flip, float, and follow.  Pratt said, "flip over onto your back, which puts you in a better position to breathe.  Float cause as long as you're floating you're not drowning.  See which way the current is taking you and follow the best course out."  Those tips are exactly what Forystek hopes to teach to others.  "We're surrounded by water and I think kids need to know what they need to do."

8.      August 19, 2012
“Victim’s family joins Surf Rescue Project to teach water safety”
Flip, Float, and Follow. Those are the three statements a rescue project in New Buffalo is teaching beach-goers and swimmers about water safety awareness across the Great Lakes region.  Cory McFry's mother was at Sunday's class. Her son, Cory disappeared in July near the Portage Lakefront Riverwalk. He was swimming with friends when he was swept away by currents.  The class emphasizes a Flip, Float, and Follow survival strategy meant to keep people’s minds from panicking, and instead focusing on those three body movements.  The class is helpful, but residents have to sign up to get them, so Cory's said she's pushing for programs like these to be taught in schools.  "It should be something that they push in the schools. It should be something they teach in health class, or gym class or swimming class,” said Cory’s mother, Christine Forystek. Or you know, and they should start from elementary school and work their way up. You keep pushing it and you keep pushing it, and you're going to save a life. At least one, if not, hopefully several."

9.      August 15, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Drownings Rise in Heat Wave – Accidents Haunt Crowds Flocking to Midwest Beaches in Search of a Cool Place

10.  August 14, 2012
The Richard Piet Show
WKZO Radio
“New Number on Drownings in Great Lakes”
Updated rip current survival strategy called Flip, Float, and Follow, created by the Michigan Sea Grant.  The standard for rip current survival, “Don’t panic. Swim Parallel” [may not always work]… [Listen to pod cast.  Lots of Flip, Float, Follow info.]

11.  August 10, 2012
NBC Chicago
Chicago's, Brant Miller, getting the Flip, Float, Follow message out to the public during his weather forecast.​video/#!/weather/video/​Forecast--Beautiful-Weekend-/​165792776

12.  August 10, 2012
Chicago Tribune
“August a deadly month for Lake Michigan rip currents – Wind, waves, crowds can make a dangerous combination”​news/local/​ct-met-rip-currents-0810-201208​10,0,5832654.story If a swimmer gets in a rip current, the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project recommends that the person roll on his or her back and float to determine which way the current is moving. Then the person should swim perpendicular to the current and once out of it, back toward shore.

13.  August 7, 2012
ABC 7 Chicago
“Warning about rip currents on Lake Michigan”
"If you're a poor swimmer, continue floating. As long as you're floating, you're alive. As long as you are struggling you are drowning," said Benjamin.

14.  August 7, 2012
WGN 9 Chicago
“Report: 69 Great Lake drownings so far in 2012”
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project recommends people know the signs of drowning and rip currents. If you ever get caught in a dangerous current, experts say: flip, float and follow.

15.  August 7, 2012
WGN 9 Chicago
“Report: 69 Great Lake drownings so far in 2012”

16.  July 26, 2012
“Our view: Great lake can mean great peril”
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project wants to help by educating people on ways to protect themselves from drowning with a “Flip, Float, Follow” slogan similar to “Stop, Drop and Roll.”

17.  July 21, 2012
Northland News Center
“Swimmers, Rescue Officials Learn To Survive Rip Currents”
"If you're ever caught in a rip current, flip, float and follow," Dave Benjamin, Executive Director at the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, said. Dave Benjamin, of the Great Lakes Rescure project says the advice is similar to the "stop, drop, and roll" technique from the fire prevention services. "Float to keep your head above water. Float to conserve your energy and float to calm yourself down from the panic," Dave Benjamin, Executive Director at the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, said. Experts say the key is to asses which way the current is pulling you while floating. The standard for rip current survival is to swim parallel with the shore, but Benjamin says that may not always work and to swim against the movement of the water.

18.  July 21, 2012
“Water Safety Class Educates Swimmers on Rip Currents”
If you find yourself in a rip current, Pratt says you should float on your back and let the current sweep you out. Once you're able to swim, he recommends swimming parallel to the shore until you're able to swim out of the current and back to safety.

19.  July 10, 2012
“Jerry Davich: Drowning latest reminder of lake’s deceptive ferocity”
It is working with the Michigan Sea Grant’s “Flip, Float, Follow” rip current survival strategy, to develop a national curriculum similar to the Fire Prevention Services’ “Stop, Drop and Roll” program.  “Ask anyone anywhere in the United States and they probably know ‘Stop, Drop and Roll,’” he aptly noted, hoping “Flip, Float, Follow” can catch on as well. That’s a start, and hopefully more local officials will consider working with his group. Or erecting memorial signs to warn oblivious or overly daring swimmers.

20.  July 10, 2012
WGN Chicago
“Emergency docs concerned about rise in area drownings”
Flip, Float, and Follow at end of news segment

21.  July 2, 2012
“Summer Water Safety: Rip Currents”
"We recommend you use flip, float and follow," Pratt said. "Flip over on to your back and calm down because panic is really what kills people; float and see what direction the current is taking you, and follow the safest course of action back to shore."

22.  June 23, 2012
Great Lakes swimming demands keeping kids within an arm's reach, surf rescue group advises
He recommended that all Great Lakes swimmers learn the "flip, float, follow" technique to use if they do get caught in rip currents. That strategy advises  swimmers to flip onto their backs and float, allowing time to calm down, then to  follow the current long enough to learn which direction it is carrying them-- not always straight out from shore. This gives swimmers a chance to signal for help, or to swim at an angle out of the current.  "The biggest message is if you are floating, you're head's above water and you're alive. Don't expend energy swimming against the current," Benjamin said.

23.  June 21, 2012
'Watching not enough when beach packed'
Wood TV
NDPA's 2011 Lifesaver of the Year, Bob Pratt, of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project in studio with WOOD TV 8 speaking about water safety. (NOTE: there are two videos. Bob is on the second video. Second NOTE: Michigan Sea Grant created the Flip, Float, Follow Rip Current Survival technique. GLSRP is advocating it.)

24.  June 13, 2012
WGN 9 Chicago
Teen taken to hospital after drowning incident
At the end of the video clip, the current drowning stats (25) are mentioned, and there's a phone interview with Bob Pratt and he acknowledges the Michigan Sea Grant’s Flip, Float, Follow rip current survival campaign.

25.  June 3, 2012
Swimmers learn how to handle rip currents at free class

26.  May 30, 2012
Medill Reports Chicago
Drowning spikes 82 percent over last year
“If you are already in the water and unable to reach safe shore, try flip, float and follow. The rescue project suggests that people flip over onto their backs and then float to keep the head above water and conserve energy. The third step is to follow or flow with the current to save energy. “Most current dissipates quickly as people move away from the shore into deeper water,” Benjamin said. “Ride it out, figure out which direction the water is flowing and swim perpendicular to the current toward shore.”

27.  May 31, 2012
ABC 57
Saving Lives This Summer
It's also important to educate your children about the waters and watch them for the entirety of their time in the water. For instance, 10-year old Juliette Benjamin has been swimming since she was three, and knows exactly what to do in a rip current.  "Flip, float and follow. Flip on your back to calm yourself down. float to conserve energy, and follow the rip current to determine which way it is carrying you then swim diagonally to the shore for help" said Benjamin.

28.  May 30, 2012
WKZP Radio Interview

29.  May 26, 2012
New advice for rip current escape may help Great Lakes swimmers this summer
Swimmers caught in the grip of a rip current may have a new weapon to fight back—an easy- to-remember, easy-to-use strategy to get out of the current and allow retreat to shore or rescue.  "Flip, float and follow," advises the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Group, water safety experts who have been studying ways to help prevent drownings in the Great Lakes.  Bob Pratt, educational director for the group, said current advice for getting out of rip currents — swim perpendicular to shore instead of against the current -- is generally sound: Stay calm to conserve energy, swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline, then, when out, swim at an angle -- away from the current -- toward shore.

Additional links coming soon...

Monday, September 24, 2012

97 Great Lakes Drownings

Updated 10/23/2012 

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 to see storm surge from Hurricane Sandy

Drownings reach 97

GLSRP to present at International Rip Current Symposium

GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) announces its current drowning statistics.  There have been 97 drownings on the Great Lakes in 2012.  Overall there have been 258 drownings on the Great Lakes since 2010 (87 drownings in 2011; 74 drownings in 2010).

What everyone should know before they put their toes in the water:
·         When in doubt, don’t go out!
·         Know the Michigan Sea Grants “Flip, Float, and Follow” Rip Current Survival Strategy
·         Know the Signs of Drowning
·         Know the Great Lakes Dangerous Currents
·         Drowning Terms for the Media to Discontinue

GLSRP Director of Education, Bob Pratt, will present at the International Rip Current Symposium Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2012, Sydney, Australia; Great Lakes rip currents and drowning epidemic to be presented.


Become a member of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.  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.

2012 Great Lakes Drownings   
(97 as of September 10/23)
(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.  Sun.           08/05   Dr. Donald Liu                       50-M, Cherry Beach, Chickaming, MI
32.  Sun.           08/05   Anthony Kelly                                    41-M, Tiscornia Beach, St. Joseph, MI
33.  Sun.           08/05   Kevin Patrick Schlake             40-M, Peterson Beach, Benzie County,
34.  Fri.             08/10   David Diener                          21-M Sheboygan, WI *recovery mission
35.  Fri.             08/10   Kurt K. Netzer                        37-M Sheboygan, WI
36.  Thur.          08/16   William Sorokin                      67-M Ludington, MI
37.  Thur.          08/16   Ray Finholm                           59-M Ludington, MI
38.  Tues.          08/21   John Doe                                 34-M Menominee, WI
39.  Wed.         08/22   David Patarozi                                    68-M Belmont Harbor, Chicago
40.  Thur.          08/30   Brian Rolston                          16-M Van’s Beach, MI Rip Current
41.  Sun.           09/02   Karl W. Schmidt                     61-M Deland Park, Sheboygan, WI
42.  Sun.           09/02   Tyler Buczek                           15-M Port Washington, WI
43.  Sat.            09/01   Paul DeTrano                          36-M Holland, MI
44.  Sun.           09/02   Vikrant Kole                           26-M Silver Lake State Park, MI
45.  Sun.           09/09   Frederick McKeown               57-M Michigan City, IN
46.  Tues.          09/18   Barakat Kaid                           40-M Milwaukee, WI
47.  Sun.           09/23   Harsha Maddula                     18-M Wilmette Harbor, Chicago, IL 
48.  Thur.          09/28   John Doe                                 40’s-M Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
49.  Tues.          10/23   John Doe                                 40’s-M Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL

50.  Mon.          06/11   Jeffery Carlos Watson Jr.,       13-M   Duluth, MN
51.  Sun.           06/17   Robert Weitzel                        57-M   Pigeon Bay Point, MN Kayak
52.  Tues.          06/26   Derril Yerigan                         52-M   Whitefish Point, MI    Scuba Diving
53.  Thur.          07/05   William Jaksha                        54-M   Ontonagon
54.  Wed.         07/11   Rose Mary Marshall                89-F     Grand Marais
55.  Thur.          08/02   Charles Conklin                      74-M   Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

56.  Sat.            01/21   J. Doe                                      ?-?       Boulevard Club
57.  Thur.          02/09   John Doe                                 47-M   Burloak Waterfront Park
58.  Sun.           02/26   J. Doe                                      ?-?       Queen’s Quay            
59.  Wed.         02/29   Mathieu LeClair                     20-M   Kingston, Ont.                       
60.  Fri.             03/16   John Doe                                 20-M   Toronto                       Fall
61.  Fri.           04/13  Jane Doe                                  ?-F       Etobicoke Yacht Club
62.  Sat.            04/21   David Tuttle                            ?-M      Henderson, NY
63.  Sun.           06/16   Marcos A. Peralta                   27-M   Fair Haven Beach       Pier Jumping
64.  Sun.           07/08   Dennis J. Ash                          16-M   Wilson, NY     Swimming near Pier
65.  Thur.          07/19   John Doe                                 24-M   Bluffer’s Park
66.  Sat.            07/21   John Doe                                 17-M  
67.  Tues.          07/24   Timothy D. Confer                 33-M   Sandy Creek
68.  Sun.           08/05   John Doe                                 17-M   Scarborough
69.  Sun.           08/05   John Doe                                 22-M   Scarborough
70.   Sun.          08/05   Mustafa Ahmadi                     26-M   Whitby Ontario
71.  Fri.             08/10   Victor O. Woolson                  19-M   Flat Rock
72.  Fri.             08/17   Jane Doe                                 78-F     Sandbanks Provincial Park
73.  Fri.             08/31   John Doe                                 60’s-M Port Dalhousie
74.  Sun.           09/30   Mitchell Somerville                 17-M   Frenchman's Bay

75.  Wed.         05/23   Gregory Gulko                        45-M   Point Pelee      Sailing
76.  Thur.          06/21   John Doe                                 22-M   Lake Erie Harbor        Pier Jumping
77.  Wed.         06/26   Laura Recco                            47-F     Huntington Beach, Ohio Rip Current
78.  Thur.          07/04   Anthony Norman                    23-M   Avon Lake, Ohio        Fishing           
79.  Fri.             07/13   David Harder                          07-M   Port Burwell, Ont.      Swimming
80.  Fri.             07/13   Lisa Harder                             10-F     Port Burwell, Ont.      Swimming
81.  Sat.            07/14   John Doe                                 12-M   Sherkston Shores, Ontario
82.  Tues.          07/17   Terry Hansard                         18-M   Euclid Beach, Cleveland
83.  Fri.             07/27   Charles D. McCarley              46-M   Ottawa County’s West Harbor
84.  Sun.           08/05   Walter Santos                          43-M   Long Point Park
85.  Sun.           08/05   Slavisa Bugarcic,                     34-M   Mentor, OH
86.  Mon.          08/13   Michael Foreman                    34-M   Avon Lake, Ohio
87.  Mon.          09/03   John Doe                                 29-M   Long Point Provincial Park, Ont

88.  Sun.           07/01   Jeno Bujtas                              27-M   Grand Bend
89.  Mon.          07/09   Mohammed Zindani               7-M     Port Huron
90.  Son.           07/22   John Doe                                 6-M     Manitoulin Island
91.  Mon.          07/23   John Doe                         21 Mos-M   Manitoulin Island
92.  Sun.           07/29   John Doe                                 43-M   Sarnia Yacht Club
93.  Sat.            08/04   John Doe                                 30-M   Lakeside Beach, Port Huron
94.  Fri.             08/31   Jeremy Gerber                         36-M Sauble Beach, Canada
95.  Sun.           09/02   Gordon Van Dyke                  53-M Bayfield, Ont.
96.  Fri.             10/05   Martin Nashkawa                    34-M Sagamok
97.  Sun.           10/07   John Doe                                 20-M Lighthouse Beach, Port Huron
2011Great Lakes Drownings   
87 (23 via Rip Currents)
(Info provided by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project)

1.      Sat.            01/01   Michael Hilling           19-M   Chicago                       Retrieving object
2.      Wed.         02/02   Peter Davis                  60-M   Chicago                       Unknown
3.      Mon.          02/14   Casey Palmer              23-M   Milwaukee                  Walk on ice
4.      Fri.             04/08   Sarah Goenne              61-M   Chicago                       Fall from dock
5.      Mon.          04/11   Jane Doe                     13-F     Kenosha                      Pier Jump
6.      Sun.           05/22   Terrell Burton              19-M   St. Joe                         Pier jump
7.      Wed.         06/08   Jorge Martinez            55-M   Chicago                       swimming
8.      Sun.           06/19   John Doe                     5-M     Chicago                       Fall from pier
9.      Fri.             06/29   Steven Link                 42-M   Sheboygan WI                        Step-off
10.  Sat.            07/02   Timothy Judge            44-M   Muskegon                   Scuba
11.  Sun.           07/03   Tyon McNeil               5-M    Covert                         Unknown
12.  Mon.          07/04   Chris Szmajlo              29-M   Chicago                       Boating
13.  Fri.             07/15   Jane Doe                    ?-F       Racine                         Unknown
14.  Fri.             07/15   Mark Tuthill                47-M   Portage                        Step off
15.  Sun.           07/17   Marche Wilburn          6-F       Gary Ind.                    Unknown
16.  Sun.           07/17   Mark Morley               51-M   Charlevoix                   Sailing
17.  Sun.           07/17   Suzanne Bickel           41-F     Charlevoix                   Sailing
18.  Wed          07/27   Sharon Walsh              69-F     Chicago                       unknown
19.  Mon.          08/01   Javier Rivera               19-M   Chicago                       Swimming
20.  Mon.          08/01   Mark Urness                53-M   Frankfort                     swim from boat
21.  Tues.          08/02   Chandra Aravind        33-M   Chicago                       Boating
22.  Wed.         08/03   Delilah Hope Perez     13-F     Pentwater                    rip current
23.  Sun.           08/07   Martin Perez                8-M     Mich. City                   rip current
24.  Tues.          08/09   Daniel Reed                46-M   Saugatuck                   rip current
25.  Tues.          08/09   Bradley Stoner            22-M   Saugatuck                   rip current
26.  Wed.         08/10    Brett Vanetten           20-M   Gary                            rip current
27.  Thur.          08/18   Dolsey Squires            41-F     Northport Beach         possible rip current
28.  Sat.            08/27   Willie Bogan               11-M   Racine                         rip current
29.  Sat.            08/27   Pawel Lesney              33-M   Gary IN                       rip current
30.  Sat.            08/27   Tristan Shambee          14-M   Wilmette, IL               rip current
31.  Sun.           08/28   Robert Klepacki          44-M   Hagar                          rip current
32.  Sun.           08/28   Rayan Sami Bokhari   22-M   Porter, IN                    rip current
33.  Fri.             09/02   Pedro Martinez           32-M   Muskegon, MI                        rip current
34.  Sun.           09/04   Wojciech Sadowski    25-M   New Buffalo, MI        rip current
35.  Wed.         09/07   Phebe Hall                   54-F     Holland                       rip current
36.  Sun.           09/11   Jane Doe                     40s-F   Chicago                       unknown
37.  Sat.            10/01   James Garcia               51-M   Chicago                       rip current
38.  Wed.         10/05   Amit Patel                   31-M   Chicago                       eluding PD
39.  Sat.            10/15   Mitchell Fajman          18-M   New Buffalo, MI        Kayaking big waves
40.  Sat.            10/15   Kevin Bruins               33-M   Holland, MI                Jet Skiing big waves
41.  Sat.            10/15   Jay Evens Farr             59-M   Traverse City, MI        Boat big waves
42.  Sun.           10/16   Mayur Patel                 45-M   Door County               canoe
43.  Sat.            10/22   Jane Doe                     40’s-F Chesterton, IN             Unknown
44.  Mon.          12/26   James A. Kerechek     55-M  Chicago, IL                  Unknown

45.  Sun.           05/22   Donald Morrow          55-M   East Harbor                 Fall from dock (etoh)
46.  Tues.          06/14   Susan Zatek                55-F     Monroe                        Fishing
47.  Tues.          06/28   Zachary Wadding       18-M   Ripley N.Y.                 rip current
48.  Tues.          06/28   Joselito Irizarry           30-M   Edgewater                   Pier Jump
49.  Sun.           07/03   Daniel Abel                 53-M   Kelley’s Isle                Boating
50.  Thur.          07/20   Herman Teichroeb       24-M   Port Burwell                Swimming
51.  Tues.          07/26   Aiden Nicoll               7-M     Presque Isle                 rip current
52.  Wed.         07/27   John Doe                     27-M   Presque Isle                 Swimming from boat
53.  Sat.            07/30   Paul Spanitz                37-M   Grosse Ile                    unknown
54.  Sun.           07/31   John Doe                     ??-M    Kelleys Island             Swimming from boat
55.  Sun.           07/31   Darylle Phoeur            17-M   Avon Lake                  rip current
56.  Tues.          08/23   Antron Davis              25-M   Cleveland                    unknown
57.  Sat.            08/27   Vincent Hermano        43-M   Euclid                          kayaking
58.  Sat.            10/22   Pam Holstein               F-51     Cedar Point                 Boat capsized
59.  Sat.            10/22   Charles Kaplan            M-58   Cedar Point                 Boat capsized
60.  Tues.          11/22   Carl G. Jennings          M-75   Morin Point                 Boat capsized/hunting

61.  Tues.          06/07   Kevin Dammen           20-M   Apostle Islands           Kayaking
62.  Mon.          07/11   Monty Lyons              42-M   Duluth                         unknown

63.  Tues.          01/04   Porter Simpson            7-M     Niagara on the Lake    Unknown
64.  Sat.            02/06   John Doe                     ?-M      Toronto                       Unknown
65.  Sat.            06/25   John Doe                     30’s-M Toronto                       Unknown
66.  Sat.            07/02   Jane Doe                     50’s-F  Toronto                       Unknown
67.  Sun.           07/17   Visu Vimalan              48-M   Trenton Ont.               rip current
68.  Sun.           07/17   John Doe                     35-M   Toronto                       Swim from boat
69.  Sun.           07/17   John Doe                     29-M   Wasaga                        Beach Ont. PWC
70.  Tues.          07/19   Uche Chuks                13-F     Hamilton Ont.             swimming from dock
71.  Tues.          07/26   Shaylean Richards      32-F     Fair Haven                  rip current
72.  Mon.          08/01   John Doe                     49-M   Sandbanks                   rip current
73.  Sat.            08/20   John Doe                     25-M   Rochester                    unknown
74.  Sun.           09/04   Alex Montgomery       14-M   Ft. Niagara                  fall (etoh)
75.  Sun.           09/06   John Doe                     14-M   Orilla, Ont.                  Unknown
76.  Mon.          10/31   Alan Shultz                 66-M   Sodus Point, NY         Boat capsized
77.  Tues.          11/22   Tracey Bango              46-M   Oswego County          Kayaking/hunting
78.  Sun.           12/04   Ashley Lynn Ganyo    24-F     Billings Park                Car accident

79.  Sat.            02/26   Robert Quesnelle        40-M   Georgian Bay              Snowmobiling
80.  Mon.          04/18   James McComb II       20-M   Port Austin                  Wash from pier
81.  Sun.           07/24   Jason McLeod             20-M   Port Franks                  Swimming
82.  Sun.           07/24   Ragna Bersenas           67-F     Georgian Bay              Swimming
83.  Sun.           07/31   Jan Raczychi               49-F     Tobermory                   Scuba
84.  Mon.          08/01   Donald Dorey             42-M   Long Point                  unknown
85.  Thurs.        08/11   Jason McDonough      36-M   Sauble Beach              unknown
86.  Fri.             09/09   Zachary Marengeur     20-M   Bruce P. Park              rip current
87.  Fri.             09/09   Gavin Marengeur        18-M   Bruce P. Park              rip current

2010 Great Lakes Drowning’s
74 (32 via Rip Currents)
Info provided by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project

Note: An asterisk identifies a “would be rescuer”.
1.      Tues           01/26   Mauricio Guaylias                   27-M   Chicago                       Unknown
2.      Tues           03/02   Richard Wieting,                     53-M   Montrose (Chi.)           Unknown
3.      Tues           04/18   John Doe                                     -M   Zion                             Unknown
4.      Sun            04/25   Ryan Lightfoot                       28-M   Petoskey                      Canoeing   
5.      Sun            04/25   Clifford Denay                       27-M   Petoskey                      Canoeing 
6.      Thurs         05/27   Katlyn LeClaire                      13-F     Escanaba                     step -off
7.      Sat             05/29   Kelvin Motsinger                    9-M    Green Bay                    Unknown       
8.      Wed          06/09   Sofia Khan                              9-F       Holland WI                 kayaking
9.      Wed          06/09   DeVale Thompson                  16-M   Whiting                       Pier jump
10.  Sat             06/19   Vidyasagar Kapoor                 30-M   Chicago                       Unknown
11.  Tues           06/22   Antoine Miller                         21-M   Waukegan                   swimming
12.  Fri              06/25   Paris Bankhead                       20-M   Ill Beach St. Park        swimming
13.  Sun            07/04   Destiny Bahena                       9-F       Ind. Dunes                  rip current*
14.  Sun            07/04   William Lott                            25-M   Silver Lk. St. Park       rip current
15.  Sun            07/11   Perla Solis                               6-F      Covert Park                 unknown
16.  Fri              07/16   Jordy Graves                           17-M   South Haven               rip current
17.  Sat             07/17   James Savage                          55-M   Garfield Twp              swimming
18.  Fri              07/23   Mark Scheuer                          49-M   Grand Haven              rip current*
19.  Sun            07/25   Alfonso Quintero                    26-M   St. Joe                         rip current
20.  Sun            07/25   Jeremiah Green                       12-M   Racine                         unknown
21.  Sun            07/25   Lindsay Bilka                          17-F     Muskegon MI             rip current
22.  Mon           07/26   Kristopher Kane                      19-M   Sheboygan WI                        rip current
23.  Thur           08/05   Richard Drake                         67-M   Covert Park                 rip current
24.  Thur           08/05   Arther Walker                         71-M   Covert Park                 rip current
25.  Fri              08/06   Patrick Reymann                     63-M   Harbor Springs            kayaking
26.  Sun            08/08   Cody Prentiss                          15-M   Calumet Park              unknown
27.  Wed          08/11   Roman Bravo                          19-M   Ill. Beach St Park        unknown
28.  Sat             08/14   Anthony Goldsmith                44-M   Ludington MI             rip current
29.  Sun            08/15   Enrica Lorenz                          27-F     Muskegon MI             rip current
30.  Mon           08/16   Ethan Seitzer                           10-M   Berrien County           rip current
31.  Mon           08/16   Dolsey Lynn Squires               41-F     Gr. Traverse Bay         rip current
32.  Thur           08/19   Richard Habermas                  76-M   Grand haven               rip current
33.  Sun            08/22   Lorenzo Greer                         17-M   Mich. City IN             rip current
34.  Sun            08/22   Scott Hoover                           14-M   Mich. City IN             rip current
35.  Fri              09/03   Timothy Horvath                    26-M   Lincoln Twp MI          rip current
36.  Mon           09/03   Anupam Bhattacharjee           26-M   Ludington MI             pier wash-off
37.  Sun            09/13   Daniel Logsdon                      23-M   Warren Dunes             unknown
38.  Sat             09/18   Timothy Spiller                       49-M   Ludington                   fall from pier

39.  Mon           06/28   Andrew Mooney         21-M   Long Beach ONT                   rip current
40.  Tues           07/06   Louis Barba                 16-M   Sterling St. Park MI                swimming
41.  Thurs         07/08   Anthony Alexander    17-M   Mentor OH                             rip current
42.  Sun            07/11   Chris Alkerton                        18-M   Rock Point      ONT                swimming
43.  Wed          07/14   Victor Arce Jr.                        30-M   Westfield        NY                  swimming
44.  Tues           07/27   Edwin Acosta             41-M   Cleveland        OH                  swim/boat
45.  Sun            08/08   Nate Polosito              14-M   Westfield        OH                  rip current
46.  Mon           08/16   Marco Butler               18-M   Rock Point      ONT                rip current
47.  Thur           08/19   John Doe                     40s-M  Erie                  PA                   unknown
48.  Thur           08/19   John Doe                     53-M   Sherkston        ONT                rip current
49.  Mon           08/23   Cynthia Riediger         53-F     Pelee Island     ONT                rip current*
50.  Mon           09/06   Harallamb Tasi            24-M   Monroe MI                              swimming       
51.  Fri              09/11   Marshal Sharpe           58-M   Hamilton ONT                        fishing
52.  Sun            10/10   Mohammed Aljiboori 19-M   Cleveland OH                         Unknown

53.  Sat             07/03  Marvin Charette          18-M   Red Cliff                                 Unknown
54.  Wed          07/21   Rod Nilsestuen           62-M  Picnic Rocks                           rip current
55.  Thur           08/05   Elias Jenkins                15-M   Presque Isle                             rip current
56.  Thur           08/05   Alex Schuiteman         16-M   Presque Isle                             rip current
57.  Thur           08/05   Douglas Smith                        50-M   Grand Marais                          rip current
58.  Thur           08/05   Eric Smith                   16-M   Grand Marais                          rip current
59.  Fri              08/27   Devante Billups          18-M  Picnic Rocks                           swimming

60.  Mon           03/29   Jill Williams                 85-F     Sodus N.Y.                             Unknown
61.  Fri              05/28   Edward McMillon      20-M   Rochester NY                         Pier Jump
62.  Wed          06/09   John Doe                     23-M   Pt. Dalhousie                           fall from pier
63.  Fri              07/22   Justin Callahan            29-M   Brighton ONT                         kayaking
64.  Wed          07/28   Mehmet Yilmaz          22-M   Irondequoit Bay                      swim/boat
65.  Fri              08/06   Richard Woodall         77-M   Ellisburg ONT                         fishing
66.  Thur           09/02   Michael Steger            36-M   Olcott NY                               fishing

67.  Sun            04/16   Lawrence Burack        61-M   Saginaw Bay                           Fishing
68.  Tues           06/29   Douglas Rucinskas      5-M     Bayfield ONT                         rip current
69.  Tues           06/29   Andrew Rucinskas      48-M   Bayfield ONT                         rip current*
70.  Sun            07/25   George Georgion Jr     16-M   Lexington MI                          rip current
71.  Tues           07/27   Joseph Lathan             18-M   Conneaut OH                          pier jump
72.  Sun            08/15   John Doe                     10-M   Georgan Bay                           canoeing
73.  Mon           08/16   Oksana Milovanovic   16-F     Kincardine ONT                     rip current
74.  Thurs         08/19   John Doe                     24-M   Sauble Beach ONT