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Original Article: 21 Alive News   |   By: Emilia Miles

Family stresses importance of water safety to prevent drowning following near death experience

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – A family is thanking first responders for saving their child’s life after nearly drowning earlier this summer, but not they are urging everyone to be extra cautious if their kids are around a pool.

The family hadn’t even moved into their new home yet, but they lost site of their son Sam. 10 minutes later he was found unresponsive in the pool. Sam’s dad began CPR while the mom called 911. Then EMS arrived. The two EMS men on duty were able to get Sam’s heart beat back up, along the doctors at Parkview Health, a team effort.

A positive ending to a tragic start.

According to the CDC in the U.S. drowning takes an average of 4,000 lives per year. That’s an average of 10 fatal drowning per day.

To prevent the tragedy of drowning, experts with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance say to implement five layers of protection. Te learn more about it, click here.

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About the Author

Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined the 21Alive team in September 2019. She is a Fort Wayne native and attended Bishop Luers High School. Emilia graduated from Indiana University in 2019 with a major in Journalism Broadcasting as well as a minor in Fashion Design. Over her summers in college, she interned with WBWB radio station in Bloomington, Indiana University Office of the provost as a multimedia intern and as a sports multimedia intern with AWP. Emilia serves a dual role at Television Park. During the week, you can find her somewhere near the assignment desk working on the social media pages, producing the 5 p.m. newscast or reporting on air with fun and local stories, while also making her own on opportunities to do special projects.