Officials work to increase safety at Silver Sands State Park

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State and local officials are working to increase safety measures at Silver Sands State Park after a man drowned there a few weeks ago.

Authorities said he was swept off a sandbar as he was walking to Charles Island.

Within the past two years, officials say they have responded to 29 open-water rescues at the park. There are already signs warning about the dangers of being on the sandbar when the tide comes in.

Officials talked Tuesday afternoon about other ideas for the area, including hiring more lifeguards and posting signs that have more specific language stating the risks of walking on the sandbar.

State Rep. Kim Rose organized a meeting with local officials and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. She and others say lot of people aren't aware of how fast the tide can come in or how strong the currents sometimes are. They say these situations can be fatal, as shown by the 28-year-old man who drowned there last month.

DEEP says it will review the suggestions from Tuesday afternoon and circle back with Rose to talk about the best way to move forward.

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