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Great Lakes has a higher number of drownings this year compared to last year

2021 has seen more drownings at this point in the year for the Great Lakes compared to 2020.

There were 32 drownings as of July 2 this year, compared to 25 drownings by July 4 of 2020.

The data is released by by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, a nonprofit organization that tracks drownings in the Great Lakes.

For 2021, 15 drownings have occurred in Lake Michigan compared to 12 one year ago.

Five drownings have been reported in Lake Huron this year, six in Lake Erie, and six in Lake Ontario.


Last year the total drownings for the Great Lakes were 108, up from 97 in 2019. Since 2010 there have been a total of 978 drownings in the Great Lakes.

Lake Michigan accounts for almost half the drownings that are reported.

Executive Director of GLSRP states that many people are unaware that the first stage of a drowning is panic, as well as not knowing how to overcome it. When a drowning victims instinct is to fight, they exhaust themselves into a vertical drowning posture and will end up submerged in less than a minute.

Experts recommend never swimming alone, always having children supervised and in life vests, and to not mix drugs and alcohol before swimming.



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