HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Within two weeks. a Holyoke mother lost both her son and son-in-law to drowning. Now, Maria Carmona is trying to make sure no one else will experience her pain.
"It's very frustrating to see that every summer people keep drowning. Especially young teenagers," said Carmona.
She talked with 22News outside her son Jonathan Romas's wake. Jonathan drowned last week after falling from High Rock in Holyoke.
On Tuesday, her son-in-law, Wilfredo Dones-Gozman , also drowned in West Springfield.
The West Springfield Fire Departments told 22News that during hot evenings, groups of teens and young adults will cross the train tracks near River Road to gain access to the river, ignoring the no trespassing signs.
West Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Steven Manchino said, "There's some holes in there it can be up to 10 feet deep. They go swimming there in the summer time. Temperatures in the 90's like we just had. And in the past few years we see ourselves going back to the same location for the same issues. People either being caught in the rocks, or drowning."
Michelle Rowe works across the street from one of these popular swimming spots. She told 22News she sees the kids there all the time. "They head straight across the street down into the river and I just know it's really dangerous because when it rains the currant is unbelievable."
The West Springfield Police told 22News they'll be stepping up enforcement in the area, but that's not the only danger spot where teens like to cool off.
The Holyoke Canal, Indian Leap in Ludlow and the Willimansett Bridge are all dangerous spots to swim.
Maria Carmona talked with 22News about her intention to close High Rock and pass what she calls, 'Jonathan's Law.' "Were not going to be able to close the entire Connecticut River because it's big, but at least we can start with Holyoke and figure out what else to do."
Carmona told 22News she's determined. She plans to gather signatures, and get support from social media. She told 22News she'll take her support to the Mayor's office, Congress or even President Obama.