People Continue to Swim in Dangerous Area of Granby, Conn.
GRANBY, Conn. (WGGB) — A Chicopee man is recovering after falling off the falls at Enders State Park in Connecticut and police are warning people to be extremely cautious as this is the third incident already this year.
Just one day after 19-year-old Tyler Santos fell almost 20 feet, swimmers are still jumping off the falls and diving into the water.
Officials are concerned though due to the moss covered slopes which can be very slippery. They say it’s a dangerous area.
Ryan Vaillancourt from Canton, Conn. said, “No one’s ever told me not to come here, there’s no signs here so we swim here. Other than a couple bad belly flops, no one’s gotten hurt.”
Santos sustained non-life threatening injuries but just last month, a 15-year-old girl from Connecticut died when she fell from the same exact waterfall.
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman Dwayne Gardner told ABC40, “The safety of the visitors to our parks and forests is our top concern. Visitors need to be cautioned, however, that this is a natural area with sudden drop offs and people need to use extreme care while they are here.”
Patrick Sullivan, also from Canton, Conn., adds, “We’ve pretty much just gone here and we’ve been fine every time.”
Patrick and Ryan don’t seem too concerned that what happened to Tyler Santos could happen to them.
“Just use your common sense and if you get hurt that’s your own fault,” explained Sullivan.