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South Haven placing call boxes by North, South Beaches
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - With beach season approaching, the City of South Haven is taking extra precaution to prevent drowning this summer.
911 call boxes are being installed along the shoreline on both North and South Beach.
The city is planning the boxes as part of a lawsuit settlement after an Illinois man drowned at South Beach in 2009. saving three children.
"We hope to have webcams, so people can see the wave conditions on our website before having to come down," said City Manager Brian Dissette.
Lake Michigan is known for its dangerous rip currents, which also claimed the life of a 3-year-old last summer.
"An automatic call system, where they're not trying to identify where they are at could be of benefit to people in trouble," Dissette explained.
Despite posted warnings along the beach, Dissette says that safety is still a concern for the city.
"The call boxes would be placed near the pier, not directly on it, and available to anyone that needs help," he said.
The boxes should be installed no later than Memorial Day.
The City of South Haven expects the drowning settlement to go through in the next 2 to 4 weeks.
They plan to start with two call boxes, with room to expand to 7 different swimming locations.