Lake Michigan Rip Currents

May 27, 2011



Every year people drown while swimming in Lake Michigan. The picture shows a rip current that is impossible to fight. If caught in such a current, swim parallel to the shore not toward the shore. Then after the rip current releases its hold on you, it is possible to swim toward shore.
Lake Michigan has a sandy bottom and sand bars. Under certain wind and wave conditions, rip currents can and do occur. It’s a good thing to know how to escape if caught in a powerful current.

Photo by NOAA

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