Two days after “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, 33, disappeared in Lake Piru, Ventura County, California, in a presumed drowning incident, the locals are demanding protection for swimmers. As of Friday, July 10th, more than 12 000 people and counting have signed a petition demanding the lake authorities provide more effective warnings for people with little or no idea of how dangerous the water is.
The locals’ reason for concern stems from the fact that if Rivera’s presumed drowning gets confirmed, it will mark the 9th fatality at Lake Piru since 1994. Unlike other water bodies of its kind, the lake is not natural and has many debris and trees beneath it.
It also has strong currents that make swimming difficult and can leave swimmers easily entangled. The petition brought by the locals read that for several years, several individuals have asked the city to put up warning signs for swimmers. The city’s failure to comply with this request made residents of Ventura County stay away from the lake.
The locals allege that tourists like Rivera have no idea of what they are getting into, and tired of waiting, they are demanding justice for all those who went missing at the lake. The actress was seen last Wednesday evening, July 8th, after she entered a boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said they have not figured out the actress and her son’s location when they entered the water for a swim. The Incident report stated that the little boy found his way into the boat, but his mother never returned.
Lake Piru does not have many lifeguards, and it’s only warning to swimmers is that they are engaging in a hazardous recreational activity at their own risk.
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