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No warning signs where 6 teens drowned in August

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Posted: Mar 13, 2011 11:43 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: warning, sign, teens, drowning, Red River, Shreveport, Louisiana, August

SHREVEPORT, La.- Shreveport officials have decided not to post warning signs about a sudden drop off at the Red River sandbar, where six teenagers drowned in August.

The teens from two families, ages 14 to 18, were in a group playing in shallow water at the river when they slipped into a deep channel. Neither they nor the adults with them could swim.

Mayor Cedric Glover said posting warning signs at Charles and Marie Hamel Memorial Park would not be effective.

"The idea to place signs warning about the dangers of swimming in the Red River was certainly a feel-good suggestion based on the hope that tragedies like the one we experienced last August can be avoided," Glover said in an e-mail. "However, after studying the area and consulting with the Red River Waterway Commission, it became clear that there was no obvious way to post signs along the banks of the river that would effectively allow us to achieve that goal."

The issue may not be over. State Rep. Roy Burrell, D-Shreveport, said he will ask the Louisiana Attorney General to determine who would be responsible to post warnings at the site and to study the feasibility of possible state legislation to address public safety concerns.

"That's a small price to pay for a human life," Burrell said of posting the signs.

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