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Lake Michigan drownings up, water-safety group finds

Chicago's Lake Michigan waterfront. | AP photo

The number of drownings in Lake Michigan is up this year, a water-safety group has found.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project report shows 20 recorded drownings on Lake Michigan so far in 2016 — compared to 23 for all of 2015.

With about 220 drownings, Lake Michigan has had nearly as many drownings and water rescues as the four other Great Lakes combined since 2010, the report says. Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario and Lake Superior combined for about 250 drowning during the same time period.

The group bases its numbers on confirmed current-related drownings from reports from the Coast Guard, first-responders and news outlets.