By Bria Brown

(CBS DETROIT) – Authorities are warning to be careful around Lake Michigan as drownings reach a 10-year high.

In 2020 there have been 53 deaths in Lake Michigan according to a water safety advocacy group.

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The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to eradicate drownings by providing training, public preparedness, and public awareness says in 2019 there were 48 drownings and in 2018 there were 42 drownings.

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The National Weather Service which provides updates on Lake Michigan’s conditions says swimming can be difficult because of the large waves which could tire a strong swimmer quickly.

One tip to stay safe in the water:

  • Check the flags
    • Green flag: it’s safe to swim
    • Yellow flag: have caution
    • Red flag: leave immediately
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