When the weather turns warm, everyone wants to be in or around the water. Hanging out at the lake or pool on a hot day is a great way to beat the heat. But please be safe! For people between the ages of 5 and 24, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death.
On Sunday, two young boys (ages 11 & 17) drowned on our local lake, Lake Norman. They were swimming with friends off a boat when two of them went under and did not come up. Sonny and I worked with the Red Cross yesterday during the Search and Rescue efforts. The Red Cross provides food and water to the rescue workers as well as mental health to the families of the victims. More than 60 people from 13 law enforcement agencies assisted in the search for the boys during the three-day search. We were there until about 7 pm last night and it was miserably HOT! But, the divers didn't find anything. They went back this morning and found the bodies that had washed up on shore around 9 am. Such a tragedy!
Here is a link to the American Red Cross Water Safety Tips. Read over it and refresh yourself on water safety - for your safety as well as your loved ones. . Please if you are out on a boat and go in the water, have a flotation device nearby.
This especially brought back memories to me of a year ago when my grandson almost drowned in a pool accident. I thank God every day that he didn't and he has not suffered any ill effects from his accident.