New beach safety signs installed after father drowns trying to save kids
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) —
Local beaches attract families and visitors from around the world.
However, they can also be deadly, as a family visiting from Ohio learned in April when a father drowned in a rip current trying to save his kids.
An After Action Review recently obtained by CBS12 News Investigates from the county, claims dispatchers couldn’t contact lifeguards on the radio and it took dispatchers more than six minutes to get an accurate location of the incident on the beach.
Palm Beach County is now taking steps to keep the confusion from happening again with the help of new signs.
Three new signs will be installed at some county beaches, warning swimmers when there is no lifeguard nearby, directing people to guarded beaches and reminding them of the important beach access number used by first responders.
Hector Rodriguez says the signs can save lives.
“You never know, it’s something that can happen any minute, any time," he said.
The county says it will also install signs at some guarded beaches.
County officials also say they’re working with the Town of Jupiter.