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9th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: June 13, 2013

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office

Office: (216) 902-6020

Mobile: (216) 310-2608

PHOTO: Coast Guard awards Michigan DNR officer for rescuing 19 swimmers caught in rip currents at Holland Beach, Mich.

Capt. Matthew Sibley, commander of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, awards Erik Bailey, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer, the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation at Coast Guard Station Holland, Mich., June 13, 2013. Bailey received the award for his rescue of 19 swimmers who were caught in a rip current on July 7, 2012, near the Holland Beach pier head. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Holland)

Capt. Matthew Sibley, commander of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, awards Erik Bailey, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer, the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation at Coast Guard Station Holland, Mich., June 13, 2013.

Bailey received the award for his rescue of 19 swimmers who were caught in a rip current on July 7, 2012, near the Holland Beach pier head.

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Holland

More information about this rescue can be found on a news release, by the Coast Guard 9th District External Affairs Division, dated July 8, 2012.

More information about how swimmers can detect and escape rip currents can be found on a news release dated June 5, 2013.

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