Nassau County officials double down on water safety after 9 drowning incidents last year

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Nassau County officials encourage water safety to avoid drownings
Chantee Lans has more from Wantagh.

WANTAGH, Long Island (WABC) -- Nassau County officials are taking extra measures to ensure people are ahead of the curve when it comes to water safety this summer.

The efforts to raise awareness comes after the county reported there were nine drownings and near drownings in 2023. Six happened in pools and were mostly infants and children.

"Every year we hear of accidental drownings and we hear of children in pools who have drowned," said Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman. "We hear about boating accidents, young people not wearing their life preservers. We're just here to remind people that according to the Center for Disease Control, drowning remains fifth on leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States."

Blakeman acknowledged that residents should hire a lifeguard at their pool parties if possible, or designate someone to always keep an eye on everyone in the water.

Also, parents should never leave children alone in the pool, consider buying a pool alarm which sounds off when the gate to the pool opens or if someone jumps in and to also wear your life preserver.

"If they're in the back yard, one of us is always out there making sure that we're watching them, keeping our eyes on them and it could be a split second and something terrible could happen," added Wantagh's Jimmy Davis.

Boating accidents are another common cause of accidental drownings.

So far in 2024, Nassau County has reported two near drownings. Both individuals survived.

"Our marine bureau, we have extra staffs added for the summer months," said Nassau County Police Dept. Commissioner Patrick Ryder. "We're on the North Shore, South Shore, and we even go into our canals and ponds and lakes."

Unfortunately, a 54-year-old man swimming in the Hamptons lost his life on Monday.

READ MORE: Pediatrician shares water safety mistakes to avoid amid rise in drownings


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