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Better water rescue options exist rather than "No Swimming" signs, says reader

By: Letter to the Editor
August 17, 2017

To the Editor:

Above, is a photo of the equipment used in a water rescue at Inverhuron last August, for which my son, Gray, is being recognized with a citation, one of five, at the OPP Civilian Awards ceremony in September. That exact equipment is still there today.

This reminds me ... It is so very sad to see the "No Swimming" signs at Station Beach in Kincardine this year. Surely better options exist, that actually address public safety, not just municipal liability.

Conditions that may occur only occasionally, and/or under certain conditions, call for better remedies, especially in a tourist town. Measures that actually address public safety.

At Inverhuron, those conditions occur usually only once, maybe twice, a year.

Better equipment, newer ideas and procedures, and more discussion, will result in more successes. What do you say? Let's have them!

Above: This is how Kincardine responded to the loss of human lives at Station Beach at the start of the 20th Century. Do you see any "No Shipping" signs as a response to the "Ann Maria" deaths in 1902?

Bob MacKenzie


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