SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) – New flags for swimmer safety are being used on a western Michigan city’s beaches that are meant to help clarify conditions, including for people who are colorblind.
The Kalamazoo Gazette and our media partners at MLive report that the flags are being used on South Haven’s beaches. The red flag now has a depiction of a swimmer with a circle-and-bar symbol, while the words “green” and “yellow” are on green and yellow flags.
Fire chief Ron Wise says the red flag signals strong currents or high surf, the yellow one is for moderate currents or surf, and the green one indicates calm conditions.
Flags are placed each day by 9 a.m. and checked at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and taken down at 9 p.m. Through Sept. 15 each year the flags will fly on South Haven’s seven city beaches.
Although there currently is not a penalty for swimming in the lake against a red or yellow flag, Wise said that anyone who has to be rescued will be charged $500 each.
Tonight on 6 News at we continue our special reports on Water Safety. Tonight Mariah Harrison shares the dangers of rip tides in the Great Lakes and the three words that could save your life if you’re caught is a strong current.
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