VT Health Department Urging Swimming Hole Safety

VT Health Department Urging Swimming Hole Safety

The Vermont Health Department is urging swimming hole safety after weeks of heavy rain.
The Vermont Health Department is urging swimming hole safety after weeks of heavy rain.

A press release says anyone who is planning on swimming in a river or stream should use extreme caution and stay away from swift moving water. The recent heavy rainfall has made swimming holes, rivers, and streams unpredictable and dangerous.

"The recent drownings in Barre and Bristol are tragic and we want to reiterate our warning -- many swim areas that are usually not hazardous are now unsafe," said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. "Even the strongest, expert swimmer can be swept away."

The Health Department says approximately half of all drowning deaths in VT occur in natural water settings like lakes and rivers.
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