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Family and residents urge for lifeguards following the three year drowning death of young boy

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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

On the three year anniversary of the death of a 6-year-old New London boy who drowned at a city beach, the family demands the city to make changes.

On July 4th, 2013, crowds flocked to city owned Green Harbor Beach on Pequot Avenue, but moments after the lifeguards clocked out for the day, then 6-year-old Anthony Bernoudy went missing.

Following a five hour search, crews pulled his body from the water.

Neighbor and family friend, Representative Ernest Hewett recalls the tragic moment, “I came straight down to this beach and I stayed here until the body was recovered.”

To ensure a drowning that claimed the life of Bernoudy never happens again, the City installed new signage and fencing, but the Attorney for the victim’s family, Jason Burdick, said it falls short of what needs to be done.

"The city needs to take immediate steps to protect this beach.  If not there's going to be another tragic incident just like Anthony Bernoudy," said Burdick.

The City will not comment on the pending lawsuits on the beach which remains open the public.

Burdick and the Bernoudy family argue that the beach is still unsecure, and appropriate “swim at your own risk” signage needs to be installed.

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