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City of Gary: No Tolerance for Lifeguard Negligence

Steve Wagner

While enjoying the arrival of summer in Indiana, a watchful citizen took the time to confront a most concerning safety problem: negligence. In Northwest Indiana, a park visitor at Marquette Park snapped a video of a lifeguard sleeping on the job. He continued to ask questions about her ability to perform her job from her position until she finally returned to her lifeguard chair where she could properly see the water. According to the City of Gary, the lifeguard involved has been fired, sending a clear message that lifeguards have an important job which should be taken very seriously.

In 2013, 29 people drowned in Indiana. Children are especially vulnerable to accidental drowning. While speaking on the 11 drowning deaths which occurred in Indiana’s open waters during 2011, Beth Bonaventura, Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, stated that “in nearly all of those cases, there was some lack of supervision. Children generally don’t have an awareness of the risks around water. It’s up to the adults who care for them to help keep them safe.”

Lifeguards play a vital role in creating a safe environment for swimmers. Parents don’t always attend the pool or park with their children, and lifeguards are responsible for keeping swimmers safe in the face of danger in the water. A few precautions recommended by the American Red Cross can help keep swimmers safe even in the face of negligence.

  1. Never swim alone. If a child is going to the pool, make sure they have trusted friends attending as well.
  2. Teach children emergency steps such as calling 911 or asking for help as soon as a problem presents itself.
  3. Create family rules and stick to them!
  4. Only swim in designated areas.

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