An unusually hot summer has prompted many residents to take to the water, and first responders are seeing more fatal drownings than in years past. It’s a trend that is concerning officials and one they say could easily be avoided.
“So far this year, we have already had five drownings and last year all total we had six,” said Marie Blevins, EMS training officer. “We are on the increase, and we’re concerned that this number can continue to rise, and we want to try and prevent it.”
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