With the start of the summer, we had a reminder of how people should be careful when going to Lake Michigan beaches.
Rescuers were called out to Warren Dunes State Park Sunday when someone called to say they thought they saw a swimmer in distress. But after a couple of hours searching, crews determined there was nobody in trouble in the water.
WSBT's Clifton French was at the scene. He say’s rescuers weren't taking any chances – five police departments, three fire departments and the Coast Guard swarmed the beach for the search.
According to police, a person called 911 and said they had seen a man in a blue swimsuit about 1,000 yards from the beach and they believed he could be in trouble.
Using binoculars, a park ranger tried to find the man but couldn't see him.
When something like that happens, police say it's protocol to call up a search and rescue operation. And even though this seems to have been a false alarm, police say it's better to be safe than sorry.
"We'd rather have people call than not call at all, and it's good overall that there was nobody found in the water drowning at the time," said Sgt. Shawn Martin from Baroda-Lake Township Police
Two people were found who matched the description of the so-called distressed swimmer. They were both okay.