Another person has drowned in a retention pond in Speedway, Indiana. Witnesses
heard a man calling for help and alerted the police. A diver was later
able to pull the man’s body from the pond. His identity and reason
for being in or near the pond is still unknown.
These stories are becoming all too routine in apartment complexes and housing
subdivisions across the State of Indiana. Obviously, anyone who cannot
swim that is in or near these virtually unprotected retention ponds is
at risk for drowning. Children are most at risk as they might not be aware
of the safety issues involved and are eagerly drawn toward the water.
These ponds are often in park-type, beautiful settings. While that is
aesthetically appealing in a neighborhood, it tends to make the area more
inviting, thus posing more risk.
These tragic and unfortunate deaths are avoidable. Education is imperative
as it relates to the retention ponds. We must teach our children to stay
far away. The area near or around the pond is not a place to play. If
you live near a pond, put a safety alarm on your door to alert you if
your child has left the home. Talk to your complex or subdivision about
blocking off the area, educating the residents in the area, and posting
signs about the dangers involved.
The Injury Attorneys at Crossen Kooi are dedicated to safety across the
State of Indiana. Call us if you need us.