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Drowning Prevention Reminders

Posted: Friday, July 4th, 2014 at 5:51 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News - Andrew Schneider, Jr

During Independence Day weekend, the park rangers at Lake Red Rock would like to remind the public about the signs of drowning. Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death, and rangers say wearing a life jacket can reduce the number of drowning deaths significantly. Conditions can change quickly when swimming in open waters. Several people drown each year within 10 feet of safety because people around them did not recognize that they were drowning. The signs of a drowning victim include: head back and gasping for air, no yelling or sound, arms slapping the water, and looking like they are trying to climb out of the water. While on or near the water, the park rangers stress paying attention to children, because they say it only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown.