Water warning: COVID-19 pandemic increases drowning risks
With public pools closed and beaches left without lifeguards, safety experts warn more people are at greater risk of drowning.
sweltering summer temperatures closed public pools, beaches without lifeguards and people desperate for relief during the pandemic, all driving up the risks of drowning. In New Jersey, I heard voices screaming. I think there's at least one out there. A good Samaritan rescued a man who went into the ocean to help his daughter, then needed to be saved himself. It all happened in the blink of an eye in Lake Michigan. More than 20 of drowned this year the Great Lakes Surf Rescue project, sharing these photos of people diving in from bridges, break walls and bike paths. People are going to remote locations where they're going to be farther away from hope. Are there away from rescue equipment? Safety experts are also concerned about an increase in tragedies closer to home as more families invest in backyard pools while most swim schools air cancelled. Wherever there's water, there is a danger. The Red Cross is moving there in person classes on water safety and CPR online during the pandemic. The message reach and throw. Don't go applying toe all bodies of water. The last thing we want to do is have somebody who is untrained go in the water, and then we end up with more than one. The organization is also reminding people never to swim alone to designate a water watcher when kids are present, and that drowning rarely looks like what many expect. It is not yelling and slashing. Typically most often it's fast in its silent lessons that might save lives during the summer unlike any other. Sarah Dollop, NBC News.