HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Summer starts this week and the warmer temperatures usually mean kids will want to play by the water but as we learned Monday night, the water can be a dangerous place, especially the rivers.
We learned Monday night that "High Rock" in Holyoke is one dangerous place, after a teenager fell into the Connecticut River and died.
As the temperature warms up, spending time near rivers and lakes may be tempting but the water is not always as friendly as you think.
"I don't think I'll be going up there for a while now," Luis Vega said, who knew the drowning victim.
Teenagers are now thinking twice after police say 18-year-old Jonathan Ramos slipped off "High Rock" in Holyoke Monday, plunging 50 feet into the water where he drowned.
The water may appear calm on the surface but Holyoke Fire Lt. Tom Paquin warns it's deceiving. "Below the surface is a strong strong tow, the river is really flowing hard underneath, there are logs, there is debris under there, there are trees at the bottom and that's what people are getting snagged in."
Paquin says a good indicator is, take a look at boaters. If people aren't putting their boats in the water, it's possible they know there's a lot of debris floating underneath the water, enough that could cause serious damage to their property.
"High Rock" isn't the only dangerous spot, two years ago a teenager drowned in the Chicopee Canal, and people have died jumping off Indian Leap in Ludlow. Paquin says the area near the Willimansett Bridge is also dangerous.
Officials ask you to stay safe this summer as the community mourns the loss of a teenager.
"I felt really terrible about it because I honestly think the kids were just trying to have a good time, you know it was summertime and they probably just got out of school so to have that tragedy happen it's just terrible," said Holyoke's Corinne Guidi.
It's important to note, in many of these locations there are no trespassing signs.
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