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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What A Lifeguard Knows About Drowning

Lifeguards, top, watch over swimmers at Lasker Pool in New York. (AP)

According the the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 90 children younger than 15 have drowned in swimming pools in the U.S. since Memorial Day.

Aquatic rescue expert Frank Pia worked as a lifeguard in New York’s Orchard Beach in the 60s and found that there are many misconceptions about drowning. That prompted him to create the documentary, “The Reasons People Drown,” which taught that many drownings happen much faster and a lot more quietly than many people realize.

This conversation originally aired in 2010.


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