Water Safety TipsFeatured Stories, News Monday, March 11th, 2013
Spring break marks an increase of activity on area lakes, which means an increased risk of drownings.
At Somerville Lake, park ranger Kim Knopp says there’ve been seven drownings in the last five years.
Two of the primary causes of drowning at Somerville Lake have been (1) visitors who are not strong swimmers stepping off into deeper water and not being able to self rescue, and (2) visitors on personal water craft and other vessels not having a PFD on when an accident occurs.
Public service announcements from Somerville focus on wearing life jackets and adults staying near young children in the water.
Knopp says more than 800 “not me’s” die in boating-related accidents each year. Nearly nine out of ten are not wearing a life jacket.
Knopp says it only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown, even in shallow water. Again, she calls on children wearing life jackets because inner tubes deflate and water wings collapse.
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