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Obama praises students-rip warning invention

April 22, 2013 

LAKE MICHIGAN, USA – President Barack Obama Monday said the country needs to honor young scientists – such as the Williamston High School students who invented a rip current warning device – just as much as it celebrates athletes and musicians.

The buoy was designed to save swimmers’ lives on the Great Lakes – where 43 people drowned in Lake Michigan alone in 2011.  The buoy uses solar power to measure water flow and to set off an alarm to warn swimmers of dangerous conditions.