Water safety urged as Indiana drownings jump

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Parents are being reminded about the importance of water safety as Indiana has seen a jump in drowning deaths this year.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reports at least 28 open water drownings so far in 2014, with 12 of those victims 18 years old or younger. That’s compared last year’s nearly 30 drowning deaths, including three children.

State conservation Officer Matt Tholen tells the Journal & Courier he always recommends wearing life jacket around water and that people should never swim alone.

Lafayette assistant fire chief Michael Blann says all children should learn how to swim or otherwise stay away from water at all times.

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