As the weather gets warmer and the sun begins to shine, more people will be “out and about” on a boat.
But a day intended for fun in the sun could quickly turn into a tragedy.
“Right now, there’s 388,000 drownings in the world. That’s 40 an hour. So, right now as we’re talking to you, somebody in this world is drowning.”
That’s what Rickey Price, the Team Leader for the Cambria County Swift Water Rescue Team, told us at the Hinckston Run Dam.
He says their team made up of five local fire departments has completed about a dozen water rescues in the last year alone.
“It’s always a good day to play in the water, but at the same time, it’s dangerous too,”
First responders are urging the public about water safety today and every day, especially since May is National Water Safety Month.
Every year in the United States, an average of 11 people die from drowning every day.
According to the CDC, more children ages one through four die from drowning than any other cause of death.