Bronx, New York – July 19th 2010 – Two teens drowned in an unauthorized Bronx swimming hole this Sunday. Neighbors claim that such a tragic incident happened after many of them survived near misses and broken bones.
15-year-old Cinnamin Clark said that people often jumped from the rocks to dive into the swimming hole. A young girl recently broke her arm after such an act.
Emergency responders claimed that they frequently rescued injured swimmers from a spot close to Bronx Zoo. 58-year-old FDNY Capt. Jason Principio of Ladder said that such incidents happened at least twice a month, in spite of the warning signboards that warned swimmers to stay away from this swimming hole, which had no fencing around it and is situated above the waterfall in Bronx River.
16-year-old Wanda De La Cruz said that a barbed fence wire around the swimming pool would stop such incidences.
13-year-old Santiago Shulterbrandt said that children often swam in this area in spite of being warned about the consequences by the park people, but the police have never visited this place so far.
The city Parks Department has brought about some changes to make this place more secure. They have put a fence around the swimming pool and a “No swimming” sign board to stop people from swimming in this area.