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Bucksport to Implement Safety Measures After Drowning Deaths 

Terry Stackhouse

In the wake of last week’s tragic downing deaths, Bucksport leaders are taking steps to ensure safety.

Floating life rings will be placed at a dock along the Penobscot River where a boy and his grandfather lost their lives.

The 5-year-old fell into the water while fishing and his grandfather tried to save him but the current was too strong and they became separated.

Bucksport’s town manager wants to see a sign put in that will warn visitors of the dangerous current.

A plan to purchase a bin to collect donated life preservers is in the works as well.

Emergency responders say the new safety measures will help them save lives.

Police Chief Sean Geagan said, “It is totally different when somebody has a floatation device on and you are going out to rescue them rather than going on an emergency rescue where you don’t know what the outcome is going to be once you get back to shore.”

Town officials are hoping to secure a donation of life vests from Maine Maritime Academy.