Deadly Swimming Season

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM EDT

It has happened again. Another young person lost while trying to swim in natural waterways. Last night, it was an 18-year old who drowned after jumping off a cliff into Lake Erie in Ripley, down in Chautauqua County. Earlier this week, it was a 13-year old Buffalo girl who died trying to help another child swimming in Cazenovia Creek. Earlier this month, a young Buffalo boy was lost swimming off Squaw Island. These are just a few of the tragedies happening since the weather warmed up. So sad. So unnecessary.

It was so disheartening to hear that the kids swimming in Cazenovia Creek were just a minute away from one of Buffalo's splash pads. Why not cool off there? Folks will tell you that kids have been swimming in the lakes, rivers or creeks for years, but how many have to die before people realize that it's just not safe? No supervision and unpredictable currents. Two big reasons to stay away.

Buffalo's 10 public pools open Friday, and it can't come soon enough. The Mayor held a news conference at Kensington Pool to announce the start of the city's swimming season. The city spent 200-thousand dollars on repairs and upgrades to its pools, thousands spent on Kensington Pool itself.

The pools will be open from 11am until 7pm six days a week. Plenty of opportunity to cool off with lifeguards making sure everyone stays safe. That's the way to go this season. Parents must insist on it. We can't lose anymore children.