String of Drownings in Mid-Michigan

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

The first drowning was on June 19 when a 14-year-old boy drowned after jumping off a bridge in Albion. The second is still being called a "possible drowning." A ten-month-old boy was found not breathing in the wading pool behind his home in Lansing Township. The third drowning happened Monday night in the Michigan Center Lake in Jackson County.

Although, local lifeguards do not believe the recent drownings are anything out of the ordinary, they do say it is a lot right in a row. They urge parents to always keep a close eye on children playing near water. It can only take seconds for a child to drown.

Other water safety tips include:

  • Do not rely on lifeguards.
  • Do not rely on floatation devices.
  • Only use floatation devices that are Coast Guard-approved.
  • Teach children the dangers of water and to always have adult supervision when playing in water.
  • All pools should be fenced in or locked so as not to allow kids near when adults are not around.


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