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Weekend Drowning Reinforces nee

Posted May 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— When Russell Lambert dove into the Lumber River Saturday, his friends expected the 15-year-old to surface with a smile, enjoying the cool water on a hot day. However, Lambert never came back to the top. He drowned in the river, near Pembroke in Robeson County.

The weekend tragedy may serve as a reminder to people who cool off in watering holes to keep safety in mind. As a large crowd converged on Wake County's Silver Lake Monday, parents kept a watchful eye on their children. They wanted to be sure that their kids were playing it safe.

Marilyn Ricks protects her child by keeping him in a lifejacket while he's playing in the lake. Ricks also stays close by, keeping an eye on her son while he's around water.

Lifeguard Scot Gordon told WRAL-TV5's Mark Roberts that you cannot be too careful in the water. Gordon reminds swimmers to use common sense while at play.

Supervision is the key to staying safe on the water, experts say. Try to swim in areas with a lifeguard on duty. If you swim in an unguarded area, make sure that one person stays on-shore as a spotter. Use the buddy system when you swim, and make sure that you have a floatation device nearby to aid in a rescue. Finally, never swim in rough water. Experts say that high, choppy water is the most deadly.