WATER SAFETY AND INCREASED ENFORCEMENT
AT LOCAL SWIMMING HOLES
Swimming in unprotected waters is dangerous.
Even an experienced and/or well-trained swimmer can encounter sudden emergencies.
Basic Underwater Demolition School lasts 6 months at the Naval Special Warfare Training Center in Coronado, California. From the first day in the pool, these aspiring elite warriors are told that, “Murphy is alive and well and whatever can go wrong will go wrong.”
Whether a U.S. Navy SEAL operating in waters thousands of miles away from America or a Bauxite High School teenager cooling off on a warm summer day at a local man-made quarry....dangers are still present!
Things can, and will, happen very quickly.
Unfortunately the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was on scene last year at a tragic event which unfolded at a “Blue Hole” near Bauxite. Knowing that if rescued soon after going unconscious in cool water, there is still a chance for survival. Fire/Rescue personnel went over and above the call of duty that day while searching the waters of the “Blue Hole”.
There was a very sad ending to that incident. One that no police officer, fire service personnel, EMT, coroner or chaplain want to experience again.
During the hot weather, going for a swim can be a temptation. But any lake, quarry, waterway or “Blue Hole” can hold hidden dangers. “Blue Holes” were never designed for swimming and are unsafe. They are full of hidden rocks, fallen trees and unstable ledges. The depths fluctuate suddenly and the water visibility is poor.
If called to swimmers in these “Blue Holes”, the SCSO will have a zero-tolerance policy. The intent of the SCSO in arresting, citing or warning trespassers is based 100% on keeping the violators safe.
By notifying the public through our SCSO website, our Facebook page, the media and through the schools, our hope is deter young folks from exposing themselves to the dangers associated with swimming in unprotected waters,