BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — After numerous rescues and two recent deaths at a popular Denham Springs tubing business, the Livingston Parish Ordinance Committee is considering adding safety regulations to prevent any more tragedies.
Tiki Tubing is a popular destination for those looking to escape the heat, but lately, the business has received some not-so-favorable reviews after multiple drowning and rescue incidents within the last few months.
Family members of the victims say they were not warned of the dangerous conditions before entering the water. There are currently no laws on the books to regulate safety measures for such businesses, but now residents are sounding off, saying it is time to change that.
Livingston Parish President, Layton Ricks, says “Social media has brought this so much to the forefront that that maybe it is time that we look at doing some kind of ordinance like that because we have none in effect now.”
Ricks adds that the ordinance committee has likely already begun work on creating the ordinance, and it will take about two to four weeks to get it in front of the council for a vote.
It is not certain what an ordinance will look like, but Ricks says, “I think one of the primary things is life vests. They’re not required right now. I think that needs to be in an ordinance to where they are required and to be worn at all times in the tubes.”
The Livingston Ordinance Committee meeting took place on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Watch the meeting below: