19 people ticketed since Saturday for going on dangerous breakwater.

July 31, 2019

File photo: The north breakwater on Lake Michigan in Ludington on a calm day.

19 people ticketed since Saturday for going on dangerous breakwater.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – Since last Saturday, July 27, a total of 19 people – none of whom are local – have been issued trespassing citations by the Ludington Police Department for disregarding barricades and going onto the north Lake Michigan breakwater in dangerous conditions.

Police have closed the pier due to large waves crashing over it that could potentially knock people into the water. High water levels and strong currents this summer have led to 27 drownings in Lake Michigan as of July 28. This summer is on track to be one of the deadliest in Lake Michigan.

The Ludington community suffered three tragic drownings in Lake Michigan in just over a week beginning July 18 with the drowning of Albrianna Huck, 14, of Ludington at Stearns Park beach; Daniel McCarthy, 18, of Baldwin, at the Sable River outlet at the Ludington State Park July 23; and Brian Herrmann, 38, of Brighton, also at the Sable River outlet July 25.

LPD issued 14 tickets Saturday; two Monday; and three more Tuesday.

The 19 accused trespassers range in age from 17 to 73.

Tuesday’s offenders were a 29-year-old Grand Rapids man and two 30-year-old Detroit men, according to LPD.

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