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Sioux Falls to take a post-incident review of Falls Park tragedy

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Accidents happen, and when they do, our instinct is to help, but what should we do?

Following the tragedy at the falls last week, in which Madison Wallace and Lyle Eagle Tail lost their lives attempting to save Wallace's brother, Sioux Falls leaders are asking the same question.

KSFY News spoke with the head of parks and recreation about increasing safety at the falls.

The city plans to see what, if anything, can be done to prevent further accidents.

But besides preventing accidents, we also asked what can be done to help people respond should an emergency happen.

The tragedy at the falls has been on the minds of many since Thursday.

Don Kearney, Director of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation said "first and foremost, obviously our condolences go out to those families who recently lost loved ones this past week. We take safety of our citizens very seriously here in the city of Sioux Falls and our parks system."

It's accidents like these which serve as a reminder to all of us about playing safe while having fun at Falls Park

"Incidents such as the one that happened last week raise awareness of the potential hazards that are down there and that's obviously why we have the caution signs up," Kearney said.

But are the caution signs enough? The city is looking at what happened at the falls and what  can be done to increase safety.

"What we intend to do is start a post-incident review of the incident and as a result of that many of those suggestions that we are having will all be in the mix that we discuss. what if anything different we should be doing down there," Kearney said.

Some people have suggested life rings, life lines or fences, but the city doesn't want to create more problems than it solves.

"If you put up a fence, it doesn't restrict people from climbing the fence and still getting in. Does it make it that more enticing? There are a lot of schools of thought," Kearney said.

To collect those thoughts, the city will ask people who responded to the scene of the tragedy to weigh in about safety at the falls.

"Obviously police and fire, risk management, legal, the street dept was involved in that incident as well, our own department," Kearney said.

The city hasn't set a date yet for the city-wide meeting of the minds to talk about safety.

But Kearney says they will have the post-incident review of what happened at the falls for suggestions.

But he tells us there may be recommendations which come out of that, and there may not.

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