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After 3 Drownings in 3 Years, Twin Lakes Safety Measures Implemented

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Grand Traverse County commissioners met tonight in hopes of making Twin Lakes a safer place to swim.

The concern comes after three drownings in the last three years.

In May of 2010, 17-year-old Nicholas Cooper drowned just off shore in Twin Lake.

19-year-old Daniel Doherty went under in July of 2011.

And less than a month ago, 17-year-old Owen Williamson was swimming with friends when he drowned in north Twin Lake.

Owen's friends described him as cautious, and they told me that if he were still alive, he would have been at tonight's meeting speaking about the need for a safer lake.

A unanimous vote tonight will put lifeguards on the beach, give them the tools to save lives, and swimmers a warning, some measures as soon as tomorrow.

9 & 10's Meredith Barack and photojournalist Jeff Blevins were at tonight's meeting and have more on How they decided to make the lakes safer.