Sizzling summer beach event promotes rip current dangers and beach safety

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) In an effort to increase rip current awareness at our local beaches and piers, The Cech, Fox and Spencer families announce the eleventh annual Beach Survival Challenge. This  event has been awarded an award of Merit from the National Water Congress. Vicki Cech was named Hometown Hero in 2012 by the American Red Cross for her work in water safety, and most recently Steve Harvey named her one of Harvey’s Heroes and received the Community Lifesaver Award in Orlando fro,  the National Drowning Prevention Alliance in 2014. Vicki Cech has dedicated her time to making beaches a safer place for families to enjoy after her son, Andy Fox, drowned in a rip current in Grand Haven on September 3, 2013.

Participants at the challenge will take part in activities such as Tug-of-War, Beach Soccer, an Ultimate Frisbee and Ultimate Beach Survival Obstacle Course. The event offers a live DJ, grilled lunch provided by D&W Fresh Markets, T-shirts and great prizes. Mostly, the event provides educational benefits to help keep families and individuals safe. Safety information and demonstrations will be put on by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ottawa County Sheriffs Dept and 911 Dispatch. For younger visitors, there will be a visit from the US Army Corps of Engineers’ and “Bobber the Water Safety Dog.” Kids will also be able to make T-shirts with a water safety message. Fox Sports Detroit girl Stephanie will be in attendance to hand out prizes.

This year’s Beach Survival Challenge will be held at the Grand Haven Stat e Park on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Games will begin at 10:00 a.m. and an awards ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. Closing ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. The organizers are expecting to have 90 teams this year.

This event is held in memory of Andy Fox who drowned in a rip current on September 3, 2013.

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