When Lake Superior Turns Dangerous, Swimmers Beware
The Duluth Fire Department issued a Red Flag Warning yesterday. It's not the first time they have done this for Park Point Beaches, and it won't be the last. A Red Flag Warning means that wind and/or wave conditions support deadly rip currents. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf.
This means when there is a Red Flag Warning, everyone should stay out of the water regardless of swimming experience. There are currently no lifeguards at Park Point.
Notifications are posted and you can find them at; 12th St beach, Lafayette Square, and Park Point beach. More information on conditions and rip currents can be found by visiting the National Weather Service Duluth website:here
With many drop offs located along the beach and tides and waves that can knock you off balance, it is important to swim with a buddy, or have someone on shore know you are out in the water. The water can sweep you under and out so fast that you can't call for help.
Parents are especially urged to keep a close eye on their children or stay by the shore when the children are swimming. Keep close attention on them and keep them close to shore.