Safety group: Over 100 drownings on the Great Lakes in 2018

Posted at 9:40 AM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 09:53:38-05

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project , which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it’s recorded more than 100 drownings. The Holland Sentinel reports the hot summer may have been a factor in the increase. The deaths include 39 in Lake Michigan and 35 in Lake Erie.

The deaths have prompted efforts to increase safety along Great Lakes beaches. Among those who died was 20-year-old Brandon Schmidt, who drowned in Lake Michigan in August off of western Michigan.

Two people drown off Grand Haven in August.