Water safety taught by Marquette's Coast Guard

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The water is finally thawing and people are itching to go play in Lake Superior. But, The Y wants to make sure people play safely. Saturday, the Marquette Coast Guard partnered with The Y for a family-fun presentation on water safety.

The presentation emphasized the importance of knowing your comfort zone and the environment. Some topics of discussion included places to be weary of in the summer time, water temperature, appropriate clothing, and more.

"A lot of the times people that find people drowning or in an unwanted situation - whether it’s in the lake or a swimming pool – the Coast Guard or local authorities aren’t going to be the first ones on the scene. It’s going to be the people there. So that’s the big message we send, that anybody can be a first responder,” said Terry Bailey, Petty Officer Second Class.

Bailey says it’s better to be safe than sorry and to always let someone know where you are going and if you will be in the water.