Lake Michigan

UPDATE:

Body Of Missing Swimmer Recovered In Southwestern Michigan

Jul 11, 2019
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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say the body of a missing teenager in has been recovered in southwestern Michigan.

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UPDATE:  The Indiana DNR issued an update today on the impact that weather is having on the search for Rahem Mason in Lake Michigan off the beach in Michigan City.

Here is the latest from the DNR: 

 

The rough water and high waves on Lake Michigan continue to hinder divers searching for missing South Bend swimmer Rahem Mason.

Witnesses observed Mason, 17, disappear beneath the surface of the water on Lake Michigan and not resurface at approximately 7:07 p.m. Saturday.

Divers from Michigan City Police, LaPorte County Sheriffs Office, Michigan City Fire Department, and Indiana Conservation Officers met this morning and determined conditions were unsafe to conduct dive operations due to five-foot waves in the Washington Park area.

Waves crashed over the break wall as members of the various departments walked the lighthouse pier to visually search the area near the pier. The Michigan City Fire Department launched a UAV (drone) to search the area from the air. 

Indiana Conservation Officers are considering a sonar search by boat this afternoon if the lake provides workable conditions for sonar use.

Divers from the respective departments plan on diving tomorrow morning if the weather cooperates.

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CHICAGO (AP) — High winds across Lake Michigan have kicked up waves that have affected shoreline activity in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

The Chicago Park District was forced to close the city's the Lakefront Trail on Thursday after a lakeshore flood advisory and a beach hazards statement were issued by the National Weather Service.

The advisory warned of waves of five to eight feet from Lake County in Illinois to Lake County, Indiana.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel did more than ride off into the sunset when his term in office ended last month. He got on his bicycle and rode around Lake Michigan.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Emanuel pedaled for some 900 miles through four states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin - all the way around the lake.

Emanuel wrote on his Facebook page that completing the loop around Lake Michigan was a "long held dream" of his.

DETROIT (AP) — It's certainly more chills than thrills in the Great Lakes as the summer season unofficially kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend.

National Weather Service officials say water temperatures this week range from the 30s in Lake Superior to the 50s in southern Lake Michigan, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie.

Weather service meteorologist Ernie Ostuno says readings are a little colder than normal for this time of year. He says people who attempt a fully immersive swim in the lakes right now could be in for a cold shock.

Judge Orders Closer Look At Great Lakes Oil Spill Plans

Apr 1, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a government agency to take a closer look at pipeline company Enbridge's plans for dealing with a potential oil spill in the waterway connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration previously approved the Canadian company's spill response plans for areas traversed by Line 5, which carries oil from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario. A portion runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas.

LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a body found along Lake Michigan in Berrien County has now been identified.

Multiple Michigan news agencies now report that police have identified the body as that of a Chicago woman who jumped into Lake Michigan at the North Avenue Beach in Chicago back on Dec. 21, 2018.

The victim is identified as Eddisa Concepcion Herrara. Her cause of death has been determined to be an accidental drowning.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan officials halting work toward a Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel :

8:15 p.m. (Thursday)

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge says it's "surprised and disappointed" by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's finding that a law authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan is unconstitutional.

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   CHICAGO (AP) - Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman says he has a fear of water, but it won't stop him from building a boat and rowing across Lake Michigan for childhood cancer research.

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August is the start of a surfing season on the Great Lakes. Local surfers are gearing up for waves and a few events.

Surfing is usually a sport that people need an ocean for, but the Great Lakes are surfable too.

There are people that surf on Lake Michigan year round. Ryan Gerard, the owner of Third Coast Surf Shop in St. Joe, says this is his favorite time.

“August and going into September we start to see more of those weather systems that we need to bring wind to make waves on Lake Michigan.”

 

New Buffalo’s beach will have lifeguards on a limited basis this summer, despite an effort to drop the program.

Lifeguards will be on the beach on weekends and holidays only, much like they were last year.

Earlier this year city manager Dave Richards proposed a draft budget without the lifeguards on it. A local resident and a few lifeguard organizations protested and the lifeguards were kept on the budget.

Richards said finding lifeguards in New Buffalo is hard.

 

We’ve heard about rising sea levels, but rising Lake Levels?


Concerns regarding lake water levels and coastal erosion in Lake Michigan is rising. Experts at “Coastal Resiliency” workshops in St. Joseph, Michigan are sharing their concerns with a series of “Coastal Resiliency” workshops. These workshops aim to help community members and elected officials in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties learn how to address issues that may arise from rising lake levels.
 

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