On Monday, officers with the Canton Police Department’s marine division placed 15, 100-pound buoys throughout the reservoir to remind visitors that no swimming is allowed, said Pacer Cordry, spokesman for the Canton Police Department.
As a further safety measure, an emergency telephone has also been installed at the boat ramp entrance of the reservoir, near the intersection of Bluffs Parkway and Fate Conn Road.
Cordry said the phone is simple to operate, even in the heat of an emergency situation.
“The call box automatically calls 911 once the phone receiver is picked up,” he said.
Since the reservoir opened its waters to the
public in late March, swimming has not been permitted.
But 17-year-old Jon Thomas Bettis of Canton died in the water April 12 after swimming with a friend. Bettis and the friend were swimming when suddenly he began to struggle and sank into a 10- to 20-foot-deep spot in the lake.