Increase in Drownings Prompts Water Safety Surf Rescue Class

By KBJR News 1

Increase in Drownings Prompts Water Safety Surf Rescue Class

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- In light on the recent drownings and near drownings in Duluth on Lake Superior, the Duluth Fire Department has decided to host a Water Safety Surf Rescue class for anyone planning on taking a dip in the lake anytime soon.

The class will be held on Saturday, July 21st at 9:30am at the Park Point Beach House in Duluth.

“We are extremely grateful to host this nationally recognized drowning prevention program designed to raise water safety and rip current awareness on the Great Lakes,” said Charlie Smith, Training
Chief for the Duluth Minnesota Fire Department. “The class teaches the general public who are active in the water such as surfers and kayakers, as well as first responders, to recognize swimmers in trouble and tactics to successfully rescue them.”

So far Duluth has seen one drowning near Canal Park when a teenager jumped off the "Ice House" in Lake Superior and drowned.

Along Park Point, there have been five water rescues due to strong rip currents.

All of these incidents occurred on days when there was a red flag warning for high risk of rip currents on Lake Superior.
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