New Ladders and Life Rings to be Installed Around the Inner Harbor

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation (DOT) is installing more life rings and ladders around the Inner Harbor in hopes of keeping people from drowning.

Phase I of the project, which began last year and cost $130,000, added 35 life rings and 16 ladders to the Inner Harbor. The Baltimore City Board of Estimates approved an additional $51,000 last week for Phase II which will include the installation of an additional 11 life rings and 10 ladders around the Inner Harbor.

Marine Technologies is the contractor on both phases. Work on Phase II is expected to begin this spring.

From The Baltimore Sun:

The city committed to the safety measures last year after Ryan Schroeder, a 26-year-old Vermont man, died in February 2018 after falling into the harbor. He struggled in the frigid water for about 40 minutes before rescue workers were able to pull him out. His parents visited Baltimore and begged city officials to increase the number of safety features around the waterfront.

Also in the article:

There were no guardrails in the area where Schroeder fell, and the nearest ladder or life ring was across the water, by the National Aquarium. If those elements had been in place on the day of his son’s fall, Jim Schroeder said last year, “it would’ve given us a totally alternate life.”

More than 50 bodies have been found in the Inner Harbor since 2000, according to The Baltimore Sun. This includes Federal Hill resident Alexandra Carroll who died in February.

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