After a record year for drownings in Lake Michigan in 2020, the number of drownings in the lake and across the Great Lakes waterways are up year over year as of July 4, 2021.
To date, there have been 32 drownings in the Great Lakes, compared to 25 as of July 4, 2020. Of those, 15 drownings have occurred this year in Lake Michigan, compared to 12 a year ago, according to data provided by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
The total number of drownings in Lake Michigan in 2020 was 56, which broke the previous record of 49, set in 2012. Last year’s total of 108 Great Lakes drownings trailed only 2018 as far as the greatest number of drownings since the GLSRP started tracking data in 2010. There were 117 drownings in 2018.
Overall, since 2010, there have been 978 drownings in the Great Lakes, data shows.Read MLive