Staying safe on the water this summer

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With seven separate drowning incidents occurring across the region over the past month, it’s important to make sure you and your family are doing everything you can to stay safe as you enjoy the summer weather.

The Vermont Department of Health recommends the following:

  • Always swim with a buddy. Never swim alone or allow someone to swim alone. 
  • Do not leave young children unattended near the water. Never trust a child to watch another child.
  • Learn to swim, and teach your children to swim.
  • Make sure that others in your group swim in areas appropriate for their swimming ability.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children.
  • Avoid alcohol. Do not drink and swim.
  • Know where the closest phone is located.

Earlier this week, two kayakers drowned in Colchester. Police haven’t released details on how they drowned, but they were on the water during a storm and weren’t wearing life jackets. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, nearly 75% of people who died in boating incidents in 2007 drowned. Of those, 84% were not wearing a life jacket. Vermont law requires operators to have life jackets in the boat at all times.

For more water safety information, visit the Department of Health website.

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