Lake Michigan drowning total of 53 so far beats previous record of 49 all year

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In this file photo, beachgoers help safety officers form human chains to search for drowning victims. (Associated Press photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Drownings in Lake Michigan have reached record levels, with at least 53 people dead so far this year, according to a water safety advocacy group.

The previous record was 49 drownings in 2010, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, a nonprofit that began tracking Great Lakes drownings that year. There were 48 drownings in 2019 and 42 in 2018, project officials said.

The project’s data shows that 434 people have drwoned in Lake Michigan since 2010.

Just last week, 12-year-old Lane Frame of Manchester, Tenn., drowned in the lake.