Bowie County officials are pushing water safety after a Texarkana, Arkansas man drowned at Lake O’ the Pines this weekend.
As the weather heats up, more people are cooling off by jumping into pools and open water, but experts urge caution for adults and children.Nicole Owens, a mother of two says although her children can swim, she keeps a close eye on them.
“Never take your eyes off of them because you don’t know what’s going to happen or whose around. Accidents happen it two seconds,” said Owens.
Experts say every second counts and parental supervision is key to saving lives.”We have eyes, they have eyes and there’s usually a lot of kids in the pool,” said Riley Murphy, Lifeguard.
“They’re watching a bunch of kids at one time, so they’re our responsibility and we should watch them the whole time,” said Owens.
Local life guards add it’s important to wear a life vest that fits.”If they’re too big they can slip out of it,” said Murphy.
First responders say even for experienced swimmers, fun in the water can turn deadly.”If they haven’t been taking breaks or staying hydrated and they’ve been swimming all day without stopping. I would definitely been swimming all day without stopping I would definitely consider them to be tired maybe dehydrated, ” said Racheal Sizemore, Lifeguard.
“As for adults make sure that you can help yourself first and foremost and then be able to help who ever’s around you.”Experts say swimmers are even more at risk in open water due to dangerous currents, steep drop offs and limited visibility.