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Turner Falls works to reduce drowning danger

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New signs warn of dangers to swimmers at Turner Falls. (KTEN) New signs warn of dangers to swimmers at Turner Falls. (KTEN)
There are no lifeguards on duty at Turner Falls Park. (KTEN) There are no lifeguards on duty at Turner Falls Park. (KTEN)
There are no lifeguards on duty at Turner Falls Park. (KTEN) There are no lifeguards on duty at Turner Falls Park. (KTEN)

DAVIS, Okla. -- Two people drowned in two days over the Fourth of July holiday at Turner Falls Park.

Now the facility is taking steps to make things safer for its visitors.

"We've got new signs going up today, and what those signs are is a warning showing where you go from a shallower area to a deeper area," said Davis police  Assistant Chief Dee Gregory. "It warns of steep drop-offs."

Despite last week's tragic events, visitors are still coming to Turner Falls.  Haval Sindy arrived Thursday afternoon, and is commending the park for its safety efforts.

"A lot of people are probably scared now, but it just shows you the maturity of the park and the people," he said. "They want to make sure everybody is safe."

Sindy said he always becomes a little more self-aware when visiting places like Turner Falls so he doesn't become a victim himself.

"I'm a pretty good swimmer, but, you know, I keep my cautions. I know my limits," he said. "I know where I can go swimming, where I shouldn't go swimming."

Turner Falls Park currently has no lifeguards on staff.

"We've put out, we've advertised, and nobody," Gregory said. "When I say we can't get them, nobody applies."

But Turner Falls isn't giving up. they're looking at other ways to bring lifeguards into the park.

We are looking into the possibility of and cost and if it's even possible to contract lifeguards to a company," the chief added.

Starting this weekend, the park will have a medic and a staff member at the swimming areas as lookouts to keep an eye on swimmers.

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