After Deputy Drowns While Trying To Save Swimmer, This Alabama Beach Weighs Lifeguards And Flags | New
The drowning death of a sheriff’s deputy in Baldwin County, Alabama, has prompted coastal officials to consider additional guarantees for swimmers.
The MP died on Sunday while trying to save a distressed swimmer on the Fort Morgan Peninsula, AL.com reported. Another was hospitalized in the incident.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall identified the MP as William “Bill” Smith, 57. Marshall said Smith passed away successfully rescuing the swimmer.
The MP’s death comes three years after the Baldwin County Commission decision to increase investment to make the unincorporated Fort Morgan Peninsula safer for swimmers.
The peninsula stretches approximately 20 miles from Gulf Shores to the mouth of Mobile Bay.
The commission established an emergency telephone alert system to provide tear-current alerts to visitors and spent nearly $ 15,000 on a remote-controlled liferaft.
But AL.com reports drownings are on the decline in Baldwin County, Smith’s death is a reminder of the constant dangers of unregulated beaches.
The death of the deputy has resurfaced discussions on the establishment of more lifeguard stations along the peninsula or the creation of a flag warning system like those in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
There are currently no local government entities that approve the orders and restrictions in the Peninsula region, although the number of people in the Fort Morgan area is increasing and call volumes are increasing.
“I know people want to get out in the water, but you know, we just lost an assistant to someone who didn’t pay attention to the reverse currents,” Marshall said. AL.com.
“They’ll be told to stay out of the water, but they just won’t listen. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what else we can do.”