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Not just the waves: the dangerous cold of Lake Superior

May 26, 2023 09:54AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Akira Hojo 

By Sabrina Ullman - WDIO News - May 26, 2023

Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) has been tracking the drownings on the Great Lakes since 2010. The nonprofit has tracked at least 1170 fatal drownings, with 2020-2022 having over one hundred per year. So far this year, there have been 15 drownings on the Great Lakes, including two on Lake Superior. 

“If we could get all the kayakers and all the stand up paddle boarders and all the people fishing and boating to wear their life jackets, that would be a huge step,” emphasized Pratt. “Of the 1170 drownings that we’ve had, only 16 were wearing life jackets. All sixteen of those were in very cold water for a very long period of time.”

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