FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Dave Benjamin, Executive Director of Public Relations, 708-903-0166
Bob Pratt, Executive Director of Education, 517-643-2553
GLSPR applauds CGLG
June 2 – 8 proclaimed “Beach Safety Awareness Week”
Calling attention to Great Lakes drownings – Preparing a safe swimming season
Introducing myBeachcast App
GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) applauds the achievements of this weekend’s Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) 2013 Leadership Summit at Mackinac Island. The meeting consisted of the eight Great Lakes Governors to discuss and set a new collaborative agenda for the region.
During the course of the Summit the Governors addressed beach hazards and water safety issues and proclaimed June 2 through 8 as “Beach Safety Awareness Week” in order to help call attention to the critical issue of Great Lakes drownings and prepare people for a safe swimming season.
The CGLG determined that dangerous currents and other water hazards pose a significant danger to swimmers, boaters and others enjoying the Great Lakes. They also determined that lifeguards and others must save people from dangerous currents each year and, tragically, many lives are lost despite these rescue efforts.
“This announcement is great news for all who use the Great Lakes,” said Dave Benjamin, GLSRP executive director. “The Great Lakes consist of eight states, five lakes, two countries, and over ten thousand miles of coastlines. Having the governing bodies of this vast territory unanimously unified to save lives through water safety drowning prevention is huge.”
The CGLG also announced the creation of the myBeachCast App to help improve water safety for swimmers and other recreational users. The App integrates location, weather and beach hazard information to notify people planning to visit the beach whether there may be dangerous conditions.
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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 “Great Lakes Water Safety” 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,