National Weather Service issues warning for high winds, strong rip currents on Lake Michigan

CREATED Jul 23, 2014

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PORT WASHINGTON - A warning surrounding the dangers of swimming in Lake Michigan was issued Wednesday.

The National Weather Service sent out the warning advising people of high winds and strong rip currents.

They included beaches from Sheboygan all the way South to Kenosha. 

Port Washington's Fire Chief Mark Mitchell is all too familiar with tragedies on the water. 

He say's there have been several drownings here over the last few years.

"These warnings are out there for a reason, if you don't heed them, you're taking your own life in your hands." Mitchell said. 

Nearly two year ago, 15-year-old Tyler Buczek drowned after rip currents pulled him under in Port Washington.

New life preservers and warning signs have went up since the tragedy back in 2012.