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Holiday weekend serves as reminder of water dangers


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Holiday weekend serves as reminder of water dangers

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED May 26, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and a reminder of the dangers children face near the water.

On Saturday, a 2-year-old boy nearly died in a backyard swimming pool. Authorities said a family member found the child unresponsive. First responders said the boy survived but others aren't so lucky.

Numbers from the Southern Nevada Health District show four people drowned to death in Clark County in 2013; so far, no drowning deaths this year.

"Even in the case of a survival, the trauma isn't over for the family, isn't over for the individual," said Brady Dehn, vice chair of the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition, a non-profit advocacy group.

The group promotes the A, B, C, D's of safety. A: adult supervision, B: barriers around pools, C: classes for swimming or CPR, D: devices, such a life jackets.

"We want to make sure that everybody is aware and everybody is doing their part to make sure that our children staying safe," said Dehn.

Dehn said parents are responsible for children.

"You need to pay full attention at all times when you're at the water," said Tiawana Fletcher, who was teaching her grandchildren how to swim at the Las Vegas Municipal Pool on Monday.

Dehn said children under age four are at the greatest risk of drowning. Numbers from the coalition show nearly 60-percent of submersions in Clark County happen in residential pools.