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Borough President Diaz Encourages Safe Swimming

Following the deaths of David Luccioni and Crystal Reyes, two teenagers who drowned in an off-limits area of the Bronx River on Sunday, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is urging Bronx families to use caution this summer and swim in pools and beaches operated by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

“Everyone wants to cool off in the heat, but the tragic deaths of David and Crystal should remind us that we have to be safe. The Bronx River is beautiful, but it is a natural area with uncertain depths and no lifeguards on duty, making it too dangerous for swimming. We are fortunate to have numerous options for safe swimming in the Bronx, most of which are free, and I encourage Bronxites to take advantage of them,” said Borough President Diaz.

Borough President Diaz’s office is making available a list of beaches and pools that offer safer swimming options in the Bronx. Download the list of beaches and pools here. Information on water safety and other summer swimming programs can be found at the Parks Department’s website nycgovparks.org/facilities/pools.

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