One Person Reported Dead in Barrien County Drowning Incident
According to Walb News 10, Terry Daniels, 26, drowned in the Alapaha River in Barren County earlier this month on August 5.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office said that four men were swimming at around 7 pm that Friday night at 135 bridge when one of them fell into a hole. He went under and while the other three men tried to help, they were unable to get him out.
Law enforcement dive teams searched through the night and into the next morning. The victim’s body was later found and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Swim Safely This Summer: A Guide for Your Children
Swimming is one of the most enjoyable activities for children in the hot summer months. But according to the CDC, for children ages 1 to 4, drowning is the leading cause of death, and for children up to the age of 14, it’s the second leading cause of unintentional death.
Keep the summer fun for everyone with these summer swim safety tips:
When supervising children in or near the water. Even if your child can swim well and a lifeguard is present, it’s important to keep your attention on them. Remember, it only takes minutes for a tragic accident to happen. Safekids.org warns that drowning is both quick and silent.
Other safety tips to keep in mind when you’re supervising children, whether they’re swimming in a pool, lake, or ocean, or playing on the beach or deck:
- Always make sure to swim in an area that’s being supervised by a lifeguard
- Do not let anyone swim on their own
- Children need your constant attention even in shallow water
- Don’t be distracted by your phone
- Children love inflatable swim toys such as water wings, but they’re no substitute for your attention
- Young children should never be left unattended near the water
- Teach your children to always ask for your permission if they want to go near the water
Safety precautions you should take. There are a number of safety precautions and other ways to protect you and your family so everyone can enjoy their swim safely.
- If any member of your group doesn’t swim well or is inexperienced in the water, be sure that they are always within your reach
- Both inexperienced swimmers and young children should wear a life jacket approved by the US Coast Guard when in the water
- If you have a backyard pool, be sure there is a proper barrier around them to prevent children from getting near the water unsupervised
- Always keep an eye out near the end of your family swim time to make sure everyone is out of the water
- Always have swim safety equipment on hand, such as equipment to reach or throw out to swimmers in trouble, a first-aid kit, and a cell phone to call 9-1-1