Drowning victim's mom renews call for Trinity safety measures



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Posted on February 3, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 1:26 PM

FORT WORTH — After another near-drowning in the Trinity River, the family of a woman who drowned there last month is once again asking officials to improve safety measures.

It hasn’t even been a month since Sharkara Guinn Johnson’s pregnant 19-year-old daughter drowned in the river. On Saturday, an 11-year-old boy nearly drowned in the same spot where Brandy Johnson fell into the river on January 16.

The boy was walking across the dam when he slipped and fell. The child's father went in after him, but struggled to get them out.

They managed to get return to the rocky dam where rescuers helped them to safety.

After hearing about Saturday’s incident, Guinn Johnson said she is surprised that after three drownings in three years, people are still bringing their children to the dam.

Two of the previous drownings occurred when parents tried to rescue children who fell into the Trinity.

"I was very surprised that people are still going there and allowing their children to be on the dam now, because it has been in the news so much lately,” Guinn Johnson said.

Guinn Johnson added she believes the threat to safety continues.

"We already see now that my daughter is definitely not going to be the last person that possibly loses their life there if some safety measures are not taken... if the right safety measures are not taken," she said.

News 8 contacted the Tarrant Regional Water District again this weekend. Spokesman Chad Lorrance said the agency is continuing to review additional safety measures. Any changes would have to be approved by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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