This weekend was the first in nearly three years that the Oakland County (Mich.) Sheriff’s Department patrolled Sylvan Lake and the patrols returned because of a boating accident a week earlier that killed two children and left another in critical condition.
Deputy Don Nolen told ABC affiliate WXYZ that a visible police presence makes people think twice about water safety.
Residents asked the department to start patrolling the lake again after the July 14 accident, which involved three children who were being pulled on a tube behind their father’s PWC when a boat hit them. Alexander Mansour, 11, and Gabrielle Mansour, 6, died. Adriana Mansour, 10, is in critical condition.
The patrols were initially cut because of a lack of funding. Nolen teaches boating safety classes and knows what to look for on lakes, paying specific attention to speed and rules. Tax money is being used to fund the patrols, and some in the community are stepping up to help raise money.