waves How to avoid drowning in the Great Lakes? Flip, float, and follow, says expert. By Stateside Staff • Aug 22, 2018 user ellenm1 / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0 Listen Listening... / 6:52 Stateside’s conversation with Dave Benjamin, executive director for the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project It has been a dangerous month on Lake Michigan. While there has been a below average number of drownings in the lake overall this year, there was a significant spike in deaths during August. Ten swimmers have already drowned. One is still missing. Scientists want to create a warning system for freshwater tsunamis By Rebecca Williams • Jun 20, 2017 Courtesy of NOAA Listen Listening... / 4:00 Listen to today's Environment Report. This week, experts are getting together in Ann Arbor to make a warning system for meteotsunamis in the Great Lakes. We have on average 106 meteotsunamis in the lakes each year.