Swimming Areas Safety

New England News
6:31 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Authorities Urge Caution In The Water

Officials gathered at a boat launch on the Connecticut River in Chicopee to prepare to speak about preventing swimming-related deaths.
Credit WAMC

Officials in Massachusetts are stressing water safety with a month left in the traditional summer vacation season.

Officials with the Massachusetts State Police, state Environmental Police, Chicopee Police, and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation gathered at a boat launch on the Connecticut River Tuesday to make a public appeal to be more careful in the water.  Eighteen people have drowned in Massachusetts since June 1st. The summer is typically when swimming-related deaths spike.

Read more
5:50 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Father of Vermont Boy Who Drowned Emphasizing Safety

The father of a 12-year-old Vermont boy who drowned at a swimming hole last year is starting a campaign to help swimmers take precautions.

Bentley Seifer drowned while swimming at the Bolton potholes in July 2011.

His father, Bruce Seifer, tells the Burlington Free Press he's assembled a legal team, mapped out the sites of recent drownings and started meeting with state officials.

He's interested in putting out public messages about when certain swimming areas are particularly dangerous.

Read more