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Portage Water Safety Expo Friday

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

 GLSRP Partners with Portage Departments

For Boys and Girls Club and YMCA

Great Lakes Water Safety Expo 

PORTAGE, IN – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) is partnering with the Portage Parks and Recreation Department, Portage Fire Department, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. Coast Guard to perform a water safety expo for the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA, Friday, June 21, 9 a.m. at the Portage high school’s east pool (6450 U.S. Highway 6, Portage, IN).

“It’s great to see so many different departments coming together to address water safety on Lake Michigan,” said Dave Benjamin, GLSRP executive director.

The groups have been meeting to plan this event since last August shortly after the drowning of Cory Mcfry, 15 at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.  McFry was a member of the Boys and Girls Club.

This expo comes on the cusp of three June Lake Michigan drownings.

The GLSRP will also be returning to Port Washington, WI this Sunday, June 23, 9 a.m. in response to the 2012 drownings of Peter Dougherty, 24, and Tyler Buzcek, 15.  The GLSRP will continue its discussion for a water safety program to be implemented into school curriculums.

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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, 2012.