CHICAGO (CBS) — Sunny summer weather brought plenty of people to Lake Michigan this weekend, with sometimes deadly consequences.
Lake Michigan saw its 20th drowning so far this year with two men in Gary and one man in Grand Haven dying in the water on Saturday, according to Dave Benjamin, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
“It is very unfortunate, but drowning can be pretty predictable when we’re going to have warmer weather, with some north winds, and it occurring on a weekend,” he said.
A 23-year-old man drowned Saturday while kayaking on the lake near Grand Haven, Michigan.
Two men, ages 26 and 37, also died Saturday near the air show in Gary, Indiana, while they were trying to rescue two children struggling in the water.
“Would-be rescuers often become the drowning victim as well. They don’t have experience with water rescue, they normally don’t have the physical stamina or the training,” he said.