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The Danger Of Rip Currents Became Personal For One Michigan Man

Curtesy Photo: Jamie Racklyeft


  There are rip current and swim safety warnings around a big chunk of the Great Lakes Friday, including the southern shore of Lake Michigan from Allegan County, Michigan around to Lake County, Illinois.

WVPE’s Jennifer Weingart spoke with Jamie Racklyeft the founder of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium about safe swimming in the great lakes and his remarkable personal story.

“In 2012 there were 101 drownings in the Great Lakes. That’s record of all the years we’ve been tracking since 2010. And I was almost one of them.”


Listen above for the full interview segment.


Racklyeft said the best way to survive rip currents like the one he was caught in is “flip, float and follow” flip over on your back and float to conserve energy, following the current until it releases you and you can swim back to shore.