Marquette City Fire Department offers safety tips for summer swimming

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MARQUETTE, Mich (WLUC) - Warmer weather means more people are hitting the beach and the Marquette City Fire Department would like to remind swimmers to stay safe. Before going in to the water, here are some things to remember.

When planning a day at the beach, remember to check the forecast, to avoid getting caught in a storm. The National Weather Service issues a swim risk level every day for each county.

Swim at life guarded beach areas along McCarty’s Cove or South Beach and avoid swimming near structures like the ore docks or break walls, as they create powerful currents.

“Lake Superior is a beautiful body of water but it is dangerous and it needs to be, at the very least, respected if not feared,” said Jeff Green, Captain at the Marquette City Fire Department. “Learn how to swim. Swim in pairs. And be aware that the possibility exists that there are rip currents and other dangers in the water.”

If you're swimming and think you may be caught in a rip current, stay calm and wait for the current to dissipate or swim parallel to shore until you're safely out of the current.

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