After spike in drownings in 2021, Massachusetts increases lifeguards on duty

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BOSTON — The state will increase watch hours at nearly 30 bathing areas across the state, it announced Friday.

After last summer peak of drownings and incentives for hiring lifeguards offered earlier this year, the state said lifeguards will be on duty from 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m., five or seven days a week, depending on location.

“Safety on our waterfronts is the top priority of the Baker-Polito administration and we continue to recruit lifeguards who are dedicated to ensuring that residents and visitors can enjoy these exceptional waterfronts in a safe environment while throughout the season,” said Energy and Environmental Business Secretary Beth Card.

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Since Memorial Day weekend, DCR-designated swimming areas have been conducting water quality testing. These locations also have ropes and buoys in place, indicating where individuals should swim. However, DCR said that while lifeguards will be on duty, people should still practice water safety.

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