Alameda city officials warned 2 years ago of drowning hazard

July 29, 2011 9:33:20 PM PDT
Public records show Alameda city officials were warned about the dangers of not having a water rescue program.

ABC7's media partner, the Oakland Tribune, obtained a notice that was filed by a firefighters' union leader in February 2009 -- more than two years before a man drowned as firefighters watched from the shore on Memorial Day.

It warned that water rescue calls occur several times a year and said the city's decision to cut the rescue program in 2008 violated the firefighters' contract. They couldn't go in the water because they weren't properly trained for water rescues.