ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police officers ousted at least 20 people illegally swimming near Ithaca Falls Friday afternoon as temperatures hovered in the mid-80s.

Police responded around 5:30 p.m. to the area — off a trail by North Willard Way — where they saw several people swimming and standing on underwater rocks directly in front of a waterfall.

“As you can see — the green — that’s algae. It’s real slippery,” Officer K.L. Soderholm said pointing toward the waterfall which flows over to an area where two teens became stranded while climbing on slippery rocks Tuesday afternoon. They had to be rescued by firefighters.

Soderholm said police did not issue any tickets, but warned the people that swimming in the area is illegal and dangerous.

For instance, he mentioned a Cornell student who drowned in the area back in 2011 and several near drownings.

He said the move was a proactive effort to prevent accidents from happening.

Several swimmers being ousted declined to comment.

Jolene Almendarez

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