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Prevent the Next Lake Michigan Tragedy from Happening

Do you know about different kinds of lake currents, and how to survive being caught in them? Do you wonder how to learn about lake safety? Experts answer these and other questions in hopes of preventing another drowning after Tyler Buczek's tragic

Port Washington area residents galvanized over the tragic Lake Michigan drowning of 15-year-old Tyler Buczek, who was set to start his first day of high school just two days after his death.

While the community rallied support for friends and family of the teenager through a candlelight vigil, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"hundreds-show-up-in-green-and-blue-to-remember-tyler"} --> and just really haunted me," said Port resident Barbara Bates-Nelson, who is also a water safety instructor at , and

Bridgett Bartlein Drews September 17, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Thanks for this article I learned something from it such as the flip, float & follow & will pass that onto my kids & grandkids!
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Great, Bridgett! I am really glad I learned the flip, float and follow method, also. I can see that helping out more than "swim parallel." Also, for other readers ... I shared this with my Facebook followers but thought I'd post in the comments. This is another interesting point that I couldn't fit into this article ... the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project advocates for the elimination of certain terms/correction of their misuse. One of the words the group doesn't like is "near-drowning," as you often hear when someone survives drowning. "You don't hear of a near-car-accident" the executive director says. Instead, fatal drowning and nonfatal drowning would be more appropriate, the group says.
MB September 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Very informative article. It's a good job of explaining by those who know and swim the lake more than the average person.

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