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Residents Reject Funding Lifeguards at NH Beach After Drownings

An amendment was proposed after Michael Cote and Laura Cote were caught in a rip current at Seabrook Beach and later died

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Residents in a New Hampshire town have voted against funding lifeguards at a beach where a married couple drowned last year.

The original amendment to the Seabrook town budget called for $225,000 to fund lifeguards at Seabrook Beach over the summer.

Town selectman declined to support the amendment, saying hiring lifeguards could open the town up to lawsuits and the cost was too high for taxpayers.

Resident Debbie Tomaszewski proposed lowering the cost to $120,000 by reducing lifeguards, but her motion also failed Tuesday.

The amendment was proposed after Michael Cote and Laura Cote, of Methuen, Massachusetts, were caught in a rip current at the beach in August and later died.

A friend of the couple, Al Cestrone says he is "disappointed" in Tuesday's result.

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