Community members say site of Bristol drowning can be dangerous

BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) — Wednesday’s drowning in the area around Narrows Point hits close to home for Joy Desrosiers, who says she nearly drowned here herself.

“I got lucky and went with the tide, and I ended up on shore,” said the Bristol resident. “You can’t fight this tide. You try to fight this tide, you’re not going to win.”

A former lifeguard calls it dangerous.

“You can feel that pull,” said Chase Rockwood of Warren. “That current is strong.”

It’s so strong ,police say it swept up three teenagers, and ended the life of Hoen Chin as he tried to save them.

Those teens survived, and police said Thursday two of the teens are related to Chin and the other is a family friend.

Some say it’s a reminder to wear life jackets, because the current can quickly get powerful.

“The cut is so narrow, and there’s a lot of water that has to go in and then go back out, and it just funnels through there,” said Karen Neri, who comes to the water often with her grandchild.

But beyond life jackets, some say more signage or safety warnings about the tides and currents might have helped prevent this tragedy.

“It was definitely a tragic loss,” Rockwood said. “He’s a hero. And maybe this can be a stepping stone toward the right direction. Maybe get a little bit more safety or something put in place down here.”

Police tell ABC6 there currently are no plans to add signage because of this incident.

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