Indiana officials: Swim safely this summer

(WISH Photo)
(WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials want Indiana residents to consider their safety as they dive into fun in the water this summer.

The latest state mortality report from 2011 documents 81 deaths due to accidental drowning or submersion in Indiana. State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess says they’re preventable.

Officials urge people to take precautions like never swimming alone, obeying swimming rules at pools and lakes, and keeping a life preserver or vest nearby.

Officials also urge people to stop the spread of illnesses by contamination by taking common-sense measures like good hygiene and frequent bathroom breaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says thousands of Americans become ill from germs in waterways or get injured when they go swimming. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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