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Recent drownings are tragic reminders of water safety


Two different Fourth of July celebrations turned deadly this week, claiming the lives of three people.

They are a harsh reminder of the importance of being safe while out on the water.

"We're going to do boating safety today - life jackets, boats," Beth Kennedy said.

It's a fitting lesson this time of year. Kennedy, the aquatics director at the Cleaver Family YMCA, said she gets more questions about learning to swim after drowning, and the questions come from kids and adults.

"Unfortunately, it can take something like the events that occurred to bring people into that mindset. Once or twice a week we get inquiries. There's always a few adults in our classes we do on Saturdays," she said.

Saturday the kids were learning boating safety, and parents like Raymond Reiser looked on.

"So he can basically be safe in the water," Reiser said of his son. "Everyone gets around water, and if he falls in or needs to help someone else out, I want him to be able to do that confidently."

The Reisers were at Smithville lake on July 4 but had no idea that two men drowned. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention tracks drowning statistics in the U.S. The CDC said nearly 4,000 people a year drown, and 80 percent are male.

"It probably is just male behavior - I think alcohol and reckless acts," Reiser said.

It's a stat he said he doesn't want his 3-year-old son to be a part of.

"It's important to know how to wear that life vest and how to get help. They were teaching them who the lifeguard is, and that's really important that they know where to go," Reiser said.

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