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Buoys Installed to Prevent Drownings

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FINLEY, Wash.- After multiple drownings at Two Rivers Park, officials are taking action to prevent further tragedies.

The park used to have an outlined swimming area, but ice destroyed it a couple years ago, now, it's back.

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue has installed buoys to mark a safe swimming area.

The markers tell swimmers where it's four-feet deep or less, and where it's less than ten feet deep.

The hope is that it will keep swimmers a certain distance from shore, and prevent more drownings.

"Drowning is the leading cause of death between one and four year olds, and the second leading cause of death up to 17 year olds, so we want to try to have less drownings around here and hopefully people can come out here and use the swim area," said Mark Allen, with C.B.D.R. 

They're also putting in free life jacket rentals at the park, and possibly a kayak and small boat rental building.