Lake Michigan drownings down

CHICAGO (AP) — A water safety nonprofit group has found the number of drownings decreased on Lake Michigan compared with last year.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project says 33 people were confirmed to have drowned in Lake Michigan so far this year, compared with 36 drownings during the same period last year.

Executive Director David Benjamin said a lack of prolonged heat waves held down the number of drownings because there were fewer people in the water.