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'Christian's Law' touts water safety

Senate passes law after drowning of Sturbridge boy

Christian Frechette. (click for larger version)
November 21, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Derek Frechette hopes that no parents will have to endure the horror of learning that their child drowned like his son Christian did in 2007, and he is thrilled that the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a water safety bill named after his son.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Sen. Stephen Brewer announced the unanimous Senate passage of Christian's Law, which he filed on behalf of Frechette after 4-year-old Christian drowned while attending a day camp at Cedar Lake in 2007.

The bill, titled "An act improving water safety for children in the Commonwealth", allows town boards of health to adopt regulations requiring recreational camps for children to have one Coast Guard approved life jacket for each minor present in a swimming or diving area, excluding swimming pools, wading pools, and other artificial bodies of water.

Additionally, the bill states that no recreational camp for children will be allowed to prohibit parents or guardians from providing approved personal flotation devices to be used by their children for the duration of their attendance at camp.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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