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Lifeguards say parents need to know signs of drowning

Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for kids under the age of 14. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for kids under the age of 14.
Researchers say that if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, he/she likely never will. Researchers say that if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, he/she likely never will.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Heartland lifeguards say swimming lessons aren't just about teaching kids how to enjoy the water, it's a possibly life saving skill.

Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for kids under the age of 14. Many of those victims drown simply because they never learned how to swim.

Researchers say that if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, he/she likely never will.

These are the major signs of drowning:

  • Their head is low in the water.
  • It may be tilted back and their mouth open. 
  • They may look like they're climbing an invisible ladder.
  • Small children may appear like they're trying to roll onto their back.

Lifeguards say parents need to be aware of these signs, especially if your child is swimming in a busy pool or in open water.

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