GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – As visitors hit Michigan beaches this summer, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding visitors of the new double red flags that may be flying.

The new flags mean that swimming is closed, and visitors are not allowed to enter the water from the beach.

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The DNR began slowly integrating this upgraded flag warning last year. Officials say the flags are intended to boost awareness of changing swimming conditions and save lives.

In 2023, there have already been 15 drownings. Since 2010, there have been 1,170 Great Lakes drownings.