Swimmers at Risk on Lake Michigan: Winds Cause High Waves, Currents

Swimmers have been warned to stay out of Lake Michigan Monday.

The National Weather Service says dangerous waves and currents are expected from an onslaught of gusty southwest winds, creating a particular life-threatening hazard for beach-goers in Mackinac, Oceana and Mason Counties.

Mackinac County 911 says Lake Michigan beaches and shorelines, particularly west of the Straits along US-2, are under a high swim risk. Meaning swimmers should stay out of the water and away from piers and breakwalls.

Dangerous swimming conditions are also expected at beaches north of South Haven, according to the NWS. And swimming is discouraged south of South Haven, as waves could be 3 feet or higher.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project says at least 27 people have drowned in Lake Michigan states this year.

If caught in a rip current the following measures should be taken: don’t fight the current, swim parallel to the shore to escape. If you can’t escape, float or tread water until you break free of the current and call for help.