GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) - Along the Grand Haven beach Tuesday -- and at other beaches along Lake Michigan -- red flags warned people to stay out of the water.
But not everyone heeded the flag. Chicago area native Chris Dinolfo and his kids were among a handful of people who dove in.
"We made the trip all the way up here and so we're just trying to dip our feet in," Dinolfo said. "We've been up here quite a bit and we're pretty educated with it. Coast Guard-certified life jackets. We don't go out too deep and I never take my eyeballs off them."
But authorities urged people to stay clear of the lake.
"The red flags are flying so please do not go in the water. Big waves, rip currents. You can get hurt," Ottawa County Marine Patrol Sgt. Carl Keuning said.
He said there are ways to escape a rip current: You can ride the current out and then swim back to shore, or swim out of the current itself parallel to the beach. He reminded swimmers not to fight the current, which will tire you out.
But with the rip currents and big waves, Keuning said, "on a day like this, do not go in the water."
Watch the video above as 24 Hour News 8's Dani Carlson shows you the conditions at Grand Haven.
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