Saugus Police Department

Saugus Police Provide Swimming Safety Tips to Community

Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-666-2012

Saugus Police Provide Swimming Safety Tips to Community

SAUGUS – Following two tragic drownings in town this summer, Chief Domenic DiMella and the Saugus Police Department are urging residents to follow safety tips while by the water.

On June 19, a 13-year-old male died while swimming at Walden Pond, and just one month later, on July 18, a 35-year-old man died after he was pulled from a lake at Breakheart Reservation.

The Saugus Police Department recommends that residents follow safety tips outlined by the American Red Cross:

Additionally, residents should never drink while swimming. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that, while drowning is more common for children 5 and younger, it is the second leading cause of death for people age 5-24. According to NSC data, 710 people age 5 to 24 drowned in 2013.

“The loss of these two lives at swimming areas in and around Saugus this summer is extremely tragic,” Chief DiMella said. “Our goal is for residents to stay safe for the duration of the season. Whether you’re at a state reservation, the beach, or a pool, always be cognizant of your surroundings, do not swim unless there is a lifeguard on duty and never go in areas where there are posted signs warning against swimming.”