GNWT unsure of providing lifeguards at territorial beaches

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Yellowknife, NWT – There is still no guarantee that lifeguards will staff the beach at Fred Henne Park in Yellowknife this coming summer.

Some MLA’s have suggested Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister David Ramsay might be reneging on a promise he made last fall.

Here’s what he said in the Legislative Assembly back on October 25th.

“In the case of having lifeguards at Fred Henne Park, I’ve committed to doing my best to ensure that we get all the answers. It’s not an issue of funding and it shouldn’t be an issue of funding. If it is going to make Fred Henne beach safer, there will be lifeguards at that beach next summer.”

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Ramsay says the department is now looking at options for beach safety for this coming summer.

Those options include no lifeguards, waterfront attendants, limited lifeguard service and full lifeguard service.

Ramsay says ITI has now put out requests for proposals to get a handle on how much each option would cost.

“I have made a commitment to have supervision at that beach this coming season so we’re going to see what we get back from the requests for proposals and take things from there.”

There were no lifeguards on the beach last summer when seven year old Lodune Shelley tragically drowned.

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