Swimming warnings posted at Puffer’s Pond, Fort River in Amherst

  • A swimmer at Puffer’s Pond. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 4/13/2021 3:35:09 PM

AMHERST — Warning signs cautioning people against swimming at Puffer’s Pond and in the Fort River off Stanley Street have been posted by town conservation department employees.

With mild and sunny spring weather, and likely some hot days in the coming weeks, the signs are a way to let people know that taking a dip in cold water is not a wise decision.

Communications manager Brianna Sunryd said Tuesday that the signs went up at the Puffer’s Pond beaches in North Amherst and at what is sometimes referred to as the “jump bridge.”

The water, which is still very cold at this time of year, could cause shock for unprepared swimmers.

In early May 2018, a University of Massachusetts student drowned at Puffer’s Pond in an incident that, in part, was blamed on the still frigid water.

Neither site has lifeguards.

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