Vermont Health Department Issues Swimming Hole Warning

June 3, 2013

This weekend’s high temperatures are coinciding with high water around Vermont, and the state’s top health official is advising against heading out to a favorite swimming hole.

Health Commissioner Harry Chen, an emergency room physician, says he’s too often seen the tragedy of preventable drowning. He says recent rains have made for high and fast conditions in many Vermont streams, and that people should stay away.

Chen says nearly 100 people have died by drowning since 1985 in Vermont, with popular swimming holes the most frequent sites.

More than 15 people have died at the Huntington Gorge in Richmond, 12 at Cobb Brook in Jamaica and five at the Bolton Potholes.

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