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Authorities Warn Swimmers Of Dangerous Currents On Great Lakes
The Associated Press
Posted on on July 26, 2005

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Swimmers are being warned of dangerous rip currents at many beaches on the Great Lakes.

Authorities believe a rip current may have caused a 33-year-old Green Bay man swimming in Door County to drown last weekend. The man was swimming with a friend at Whitefish Dunes State Park Sunday and was pulled underwater.

Park ranger Rick Ostrowski said ignorance is the greatest danger of all. Not knowing what to do can be deadly.

Rip currents run parallel to the shore until they hit a break in the sandbar or a jetty, then they move rapidly out into deeper water, taking swimmers caught with them.

Signs are posted all along the beaches at Whitefish Dunes explaining exactly what a rip current is and what to do if you get caught in one. Rangers say the most important thing to remember is -- don't panic.

Ostrowski said the swimmer needs to go with the flow and swim parallel to shore. Eventually, you will move out of the current.


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