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Life saving kits to be installed along Lake Michigan public beaches

Drowning graphic copyright 2013 Midwest Communications, Inc.
Drowning graphic copyright 2013 Midwest Communications, Inc.

LUDINGTON, MI (WTAQ) - Ten public beaches along Lake Michigan will get life-saving kits this summer, to try and prevent people from drowning due to dangerous currents.  

The Michigan Sea Grant program said it would install the first such kits. The parent agency of the National Weather Service is expected to put similar equipment on beaches throughout the Great Lakes region over the next two years.  

The kits will include ring buoys which can reach out to those trapped by strong currents.  

The Weather Service and the Michigan Sea Grant put together a database showing that 138 swimmers have drowned in the five Great Lakes over the past dozen years. Exactly half those victims were from Michigan.  

Officials said dangerous currents are common along the eastern edge of Lake Michigan.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)