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Fire chief makes recommendations to prevent drownings

Chief Steven Locke wants lifeguards, warning signs, a rescue boat and swimming lessons to prevent drownings


Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Burlington Fire Department Chief Steven Locke wants lifeguards, warning signs, a rescue boat and swimming lessons to prevent drownings on Lake Champlain.

Locke recommends in a six-page report more lifeguards are needed at North Beach and that signs in multiple languages are needed to warn about swimming in places without lifeguards like Oakledge Park where an 18-year-old drowned in July.

He also wants more swimming lessons, especially for newcomers to America. And he wants a rescue boat for the Burlington fire and police departments.

He says there's no way all of the state's shoreline can be protected, but more can be done to prevent future tragedies.

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