No new fences at Falls Park

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The city of Sioux Falls has installed more warning signs at Falls Park in response to the drowning deaths of two people who tried to save a toddler from the water.
     However, the city has decided not to put up fences along the Big Sioux River after a safety assessment determined that might impede rescue efforts.
     Sixteen-year-old Madison Wallace and 28-year-old Lyle Eagle Tail drowned last spring while trying to help Wallace's brother. The 6-year-old boy escaped unharmed.
     Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel says it's too difficult to fence off a span of the river. He says the falls is a huge attraction, and officials don't want to turn it into a fortress.
     Falls Park attracts an average of about 500,000 visitors a year.
 AP-WF-10-01-13 1303GMT

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Locations : Sioux FallsSouth Dakota
People : Doug BarthelLyle EagleMadison Wallace
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