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High number of rescues in Great Lakes

Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Dave Benjamin, Executive Director of Public Relations, 708-903-0166
Bob Pratt, Executive Director of Education, 517-643-2553

 High number of rescues on the Great Lakes

 Many lives saved (plus animals)

GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) acknowledges first responders and good Samaritans assisting effective rescues on the Great Lakes.  To date in 2013, there have been at least 38 rescues (plus 4 dogs and 1 deer).  Those rescued included snowmobilers, ice fishermen, sail boaters, kayakers, and one kite surfer. (Click here for full list of drowning and rescue statistics.)

Each person rescued could have easily become a drowning statistic as well as each rescuer could have become a drowning statistic.  The GLSRP also warns people about performing rescues.  Each year many people drown attempting to rescue someone.  When in doubt, don’t go out.

  38 Great Lakes Rescues to date in 2013

(Plus 5 Animal rescues)

04/02  1 rescued, kayaking, Harbor Springs, MI
04/07  8 rescued, ice fishing, rescued from four different spots near Green Bay.
04/19  1 rescued, boat capsized, Algoma Harbor, Algoma, WI
04/30  1 rescued, kite boarded tangle in lines, South Haven’s north beach, MI
05/06  1 rescued, kayaker capsized, Near South Side, 300 block of North Breakwater Access
05/11  1 rescued, kayaker with broken paddle, near Pastrick Marina in East Chicago, Ind.
05/13  2 rescued, canoe adrift in strong winds, Lake St. Clair
05/15  3 rescued whose boat ran aground, Little Sturgeon Bay, WI
05/17  2 rescued after sailboat capsized, Jackson Park, at 65th Street, Chicago, IL

05/27  1 rescued Milwaukee Lakefront

04/21  2 rescued from shelf ice
03/04  1 rescued airboat capsized, Saginaw Bay
05/07  1 rescued after sailboat capsized, off 6072 Port Austin Road
05/16  2 rescued after sailboat capsized, a mile off from Canatara Park 

01/16  1 rescued, duck hunter’s kayak capsized,  Hanford Bay, Town of Hanover
05/11  3 rescued after boat takes on water North of Vermillion, Ohio
05/20  2 rescued – a 20-foot recreational vessel was taking water near the Erie Basin Marina
05/26  1 rescued Vermillion, OH, 17 year old swimming off of Main Street Beach

04/09  3 fishermen rescued, capsized boat, Allegany County, Youngstown, NY
05/15  2 rescued after sailboat capsized, near Port Credit

01/03 Lake Michigan dog had fallen through the ice about 70 feet from shore.
02/06 Lake Ontario dog stuck in ice flow
02/23 Lake Michigan dog rescued by Chicago kayaker
04/30 Lake Ontario Blind Dog rescued
05/21 Lake Huron Deer Rescue

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 The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, Inc. (GLSRP) is about saving lives.  It is a nonprofit corporation that is a Chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) that tracks drowning statistics, teaches “Water Safety Surf Rescue” classes, and leads the “Third Coast Ocean Force” rip current awareness campaign on the Great Lakes.  Become a member of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.

The GLSRP presented at the NDPA’s 12th Annual Symposium, March 14, 2013, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  It presented at the 2nd International Rip Current Symposium Nov. 1st, 2012 in Sydney, Australia; the 2012 winner of the “Outstanding Service to the Great Lakes Community” award presented by the Dairyland Surf Classic; the 2011 “Lifesaver of the Year” award winner; and presented at the NDPA’s 11th Annual Symposium in San Diego, March 9, 2012.