Dangers Present in All Florida Waterways to Children and Adults

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Two people were hospitalized after two separate near-drowning incidences. A woman, who frequents the beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, apparently got caught in a rip current and had to be pulled out of the water by her friends and nearby surfers. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue was also contacted and responded to the near-drowning call at around 8:30 a.m. The woman, who was in critical condition, was taken by medics to Baptist Medical Center Beaches. Fortunately, by the time the woman arrived at the hospital her condition had improved significantly, according to Tom Francis, spokesman of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue.
On the same day, but around noon, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to another call about a possible drowning at a retention pond off St. Augustine Road. The pond was located behind a group of new homes in Kingswood Terrace. According to police, two boys, ages 13 and 14 were in the water, but the 13-year-old could not swim. Rescue workers pulled the teen from the pond and took him to Baptist Hospital, where he was in critical condition. If you would like to read more on this story please see 2 separate near-drowning incidents occur in Jacksonville, Florida.
Hopefully both these near-drowning victims will make a quick and full recovery. During these warm, sunny days in Florida both children and adults need to be careful if either intend to be around the water. Although the water is fun and can be a great means for exercise, it is a strong natural force. If you plan on being around the water make sure highly aware of your surroundings: What is the weather like? Windy? Does the water look rough? How good of a swimmer are you? Ask yourselves these questions to better assess your situation and your safety.
Also if you would like to read more on Water Safety please read Importance of Water Safety for Children – Tips for Parents, Camp Counselors, Teachers, Day Care Providers and Others.

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