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Experts say Lake Erie swimmers need to heed danger signs

6:37 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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Lake Erie is one of the most popular places to come when it's hot. But there are dangerous spots where swimmers should heed warning signs and avoid venturing into.

The hot temperatures have people seeking relief in the lake waters. But Lake Erie reminded us of the dangers again this week when a 15 year old drowned in an area of the lake marked off-limits for swimmers near downtown.

That's why more eyes are watching up and down the shore. In Avon Lake, off-duty police officers are on patrol from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Six people have drowned by the power plant in the last six years.

Lt. John Rogers is a water rescue diver for the Avon Lake Fire Department, he says the drop off goes from three feet to 20 feet in a matter of steps.

There are no lifeguards at Miller Road Park Beach, just warning signs. Lt. Rogers says the terrain underwater is so dangerous they may not be able to rescue you in time.


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