Euclid Beach Park visitors are demanding that lifeguards be in place at the beach following a double drowning on Sunday.
“Kids are losing their life for no reason,” said Charlotte Buckhanon, who lives next to Euclid Beach Park. “Adults are losing their life for no reason.”
“I think it's terrible,” said Reginald McArthur, a Cleveland resident and frequent visitor of the park. “Every year it's a drowning down here.”
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified Sunday's victims as 15-year-old Bryce Canady of Cleveland Heights and 34-year-old Kelly Walker from Cleveland. Cleveland police said Walker tried to help Canady, who was struggling in the water. It's unclear whether the two knew each other.
“I'm sure they didn't envision the day ending like this,” said Sgt. Ali Pillow of the Cleveland Police. “It's very traumatic for family and friends. Our condolences go out to those people.”
The latest incident brings the number of drownings in Lake Erie in the Cleveland area to at least four this yeasr. There have been 14 drownings so far on Lake Erie this year, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
“We see the ambulance all the time taking people from the park,” said Buckhanon.
The Cleveland Metroparks owns Euclid Beach Park. Lifeguards are on duty at the Metroparks' other beaches – Edgewater and Huntington – every day from Memorial Day to the beginning of August.
“I don't know why we can't get lifeguards down here,” said McArthur.
Officials from the Metroparks said they would study the safety of Euclid Beach Park once the investigation of the latest drownings is complete.