Swimming Areas Safety

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.

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.