How to get out of a rip current
People should recall the tragedy that occurred in August 2003
along the public beach on Park Point when one person drowned and
some heroic efforts, seven others might have also died.
A steady wind blew from the northeast for most of the day and
three- to four-foot
waves hit the shoreline head-on, or perpendicular to shore,
and set up conditions that produced what appears to be a classic
example of a rip current.
Read Minnesota Sea Grant information
about rip currents in Lake Superior and details
about the Summer 2003 tragedy.
Michigan Sea Grant recently produced
article on the dangers of rip currents in Lake Michigan. Although
much less is known about such currents in Lake Superior,
the information is just as relevant.
brochure is also available at the Michigan Sea Grant website.