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Children First: Water rescue experts say water safety is paramount

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Most children like to play in the water during the summer months. While it can be fun, water rescue experts say safety should be paramount.
Recently there were two separate drowning incidents involving children in eastern South Dakota.
 
 Whether by a creek, at the lake, or a pool, water rescue experts say parents should always supervise their children and know their child's swimming ability. It's also important to recognize what a drowning looks like.
 
"Everybody thinks a stereotypical struggle of a child or anybody drowning is hollering and screaming and throwing their arms. And it is really not that way. When you see a struggle, of somebody truly struggling, usually their heads barely out of the water, they are not making any noise," said Hunter Harlan, who is with the Rapid City Fire Department and a member of the Water Rescue Team.
 
Aaron Knudson, a father of four, says he has certain rules for his children when it comes to water, like they never can go deeper than waist high and they must always buddy up.
 
"As a parent you are terrified. You don't want your child to ever have an accident like that. It's one of the biggest worries on our mind and that's why we try to be as vigilant as possible and give our kids the resources necessary to make good decisions in the water," said Knudson.
 
Harlan says in his nine years at the rapid city fire department, he has been involved with a few drownings involving children.
Most were at the creek.
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