National Rip Current Week

Joe Matulis surfing Lake Michigan

This next week, June 5 to 11,2011, is the National Weather Service’s national rip current week.

Rip currents are not just found in the ocean. Any time there are waves, there are rip currents. Even in Lake Michigan the wind waves create strong rip currents that trap unexpected beach goers are not prepared for. Last year 74 people drown in Lake Michigan because they were not able to get to shore after being pulled out by a rip current.

To stop this from happening, the Matuli crew is going to be educating the public on victim diction and surf rescue techniques in St. Joseph, Michigan this Sunday, June 5, 2011. The event is hosted by The Great Lakes Third Coast Ocean Force Community Project with it’s first class teaching “Surfboard Rescue Techniques.”

The class will start at 10 a.m. at the Boulevard Inn’s in the Parks View West room, located at 521 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

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