Lake Michigan is considered the deadliest lake of all the Great Lakes this year.
That’s because over half of the drownings in the Great Lakes have occurred in Lake Michigan. Not only that, but the 16 drownings so far this year is the highest death count at this point of the year since 2012. Lake Erie has six deaths, Lake Huron has two, and there are no deaths in Lake Superior so far.
Just this past weekend, a body was found floating in a marina in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Silver Beach lifeguards are trying their best to keep swimmers safe. Haley Smoot told ABC 57 that lifeguards assess swimming safety every day and they advise swimmers to heed their advice. That includes looking for green, yellow, or red flags that tell you how safe the water is to swim in.
“I think the most important thing to know about lakes is that they’re a lot like oceans, and that you still have to have the same kind of respect for them that you would have for the ocean,” Smoot told ABC 57. “Just because they’re a smaller body of water doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re any safer than oceans.”