SHOREWOOD - Two weeks after the tragic drowning death of 14-year-old Sareyi Ahmed, the village of Shorewood has hired a security guard to monitor Atwater Beach.
For the first summer in more than five years, Atwater Beach has not been supervised by lifeguards this summer due to a shortage of lifeguard applications received by the Milwaukee County Parks Department. In lieu of paid lifeguards this year, Shorewood advised beachgoers to swim at their own risk.
Ahmed's death has sparked conversations around Shorewood and in the media about the lack of lifeguards, although that specific drowning occurred north of the public beach and two hours after a lifeguard's typical shift. Lifeguards were staffed between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the past. Ahmed drowned at 5:47 p.m. July 18.
Starting Thursday, Aug. 3, the village started staffing a security guard to monitor the beach from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The security guard will monitor the beach through Labor Day.
The security guard will be in place to enforce beach rules, answer questions and provide assistance. As there is not a lifeguard on staff, Shorewood's policy advising beachgoers to swim at their own risk remains in place.