A pair of back-to-back drowning at Canyon Lake, a third drowning in a San Antonio swimming pool and a fourth, suspected drowning in a local pool - all this week - are prompting authorities to sound the safety alarm for everyone enjoying the water this summer.
Three of the victims were in their 60s or older and one a teenager.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary says simple precautions can keep swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts out of danger. Local USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 7-4 offers the following safety tips:
⦁ never swim, tube or boat alone
⦁ ensure children always wear personal flotation devices
⦁ test/refresh swimming skills in a safe area, such as the shallow portion of a swimming pool, before heading to a lake, river or the coast
⦁ avoid alcohol consumption when swimming, tubing or boating
⦁ share water recreation plans and locations with trusted family and friends
⦁ ask local authorities or vendors about possible hazards before entering the water
⦁ identify landmarks that could help rescuers find you in an emergency
⦁ test cell phone service by checking in with family or friends when arriving at, departing, or changing locations
⦁ know ahead of time who to summon for help
⦁ pace activity during prolonged outings to avoid fatigue or heat-related illness
For more on watersport safety, log on to: http://cgaux.org/