Swimming, Surfing and Rip Currents

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The current placement of swimming buoys needs to be reevaluated.

Around Memorial Day each year the State Park places buoys to designate a "safe" swimming area here in Grand Haven.  It is very unusual and somewhat alarming, the practice of placing two buoys that are anchored out in the water approximately 20-25 yards from the pier.  It doesn't take much investigation to know that rip currents occur quite regularly along the pier and diffuse significantly as one moves away from the pier.  In fact, the number one response to  being caught in a rip current, is to swim calmly and laterally which is away from the pier.

The question that comes to mind about this current situation is why mark a swim area so close to the pier when there is 600 yards of beach to swim in at the State Park?  It is reported that there is a new management in the State Park this year.  This individual is familiar with the area and has many years experience in park mangement.  On behalf of Surfrider Foundation and Surf Rescue of the Great Lakes, we would hope that more discretion is used when placing the swim buoys this summer.

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