After four drownings at Smith Mountain Lake this summer, the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council is working on new ways they can help increase water safety awareness.
"We've primarily focused on boating safety, but we want to go beyond just boats," said Randy Stow, chairman of the group. "Two of the drownings involving children had nothing to do with boats, so we want to focus on general water safety as well."
Stow said the group is considering things like making signs that could be posted around the lake, reminding people to wear life jackets. They have also discussed starting an education program in schools.
"It's critical. Anytime someone drowns it's a tragedy," Stow said. "We want to reach out to as many people as we can."
The council hopes to launch some of these ideas next month.