Coast Guard Auxiliary Urges Awareness After Drownings

 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

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