Girl hospitalized after near drowning at Cedar Lake

Written By: Jay Olstad

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MINNEAPOLIS - As Minnesotans enjoyed a weekend at the beach, the beautiful weather could not mask what has been an unfortunate theme over the last few days.

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16 year-old drowns in school swimming pool

Reported By: Syed Imtiaz Jaleel
June 5, 2012

Lonavala, India - A schoolgirl from Mumbai's suburb Thane drowned in a swimming pool after she was reportedly stuck in a suction drain. The incident occurred in the swimming pool of the prestigious Cathedral Vidya School, a residential institution at Shilatne, on the outskirts of Lonavala on Saturday evening.

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The Pool Safety Hazard You Don't Know About

By Sasha Emmons, blogger
May 18, 2012
The surprising and serious water safety risk most parents don't even know to watch out for: faulty pool drains that can trap or injure your child.

In June 2007, 6-year-old Abbey Taylor was swimming with her family at her local pool. But when her parents called out that it was time to go, they saw that she didn’t look quite right. Abbey stood up unsteadily from the kiddie pool, took a few steps sideways, and fell into the adult pool. There was no blood, but Abbey complained that her stomach hurt. It was hours later, after surgery for what doctors thought was a rectal tear, that her parents got the devastating news: Abbey had been disemboweled, her small intestine ripped from her body, by the suction from an uncovered pool drain. Although she fought for nine months through 16 surgeries, including a liver, small bowel and pancreas transplant, Abbey passed away on March 20, 2008.

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Swimming safety class aims to save lives through prevention

Created: 04/14/2012 6:17 PM
By: Mitch Pittman

In a pool at a Brooklyn Park apartment complex on Saturday morning, kids and parents took part in the very first water safety class put on by Twin Cities Metro Water Safety Task Force.

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Task force addresses MN Drownings

by Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio
April 14, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The newly formed Twin Cities Metro Water Safety Task Force held the first of three events this weekend aimed at addressing an increase in pool and hot tub drownings.

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Apartment complex drownings draw concern

By Jeremy Olson,Tribune Blogger
STAR TRIBUNE, April 11, 2012

North Memorial Medical Center is coordinating swimming safety events due to the high number of drowning incidents (19) and near drowning incidents (21) that occurred in Hennepin County last year. The emphasis is on safety in apartment complex pools, which are usually operated with no lifeguards or supervision.

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Drain-cover recall may close many pools Some Memorial Day weekend openings jeopardized

By Patricia Callahan, Tribune reporter
9:10 p.m. CDT, May 26, 2011

Thousands of public and private pools across the country will have to be retrofitted with new safety equipment following a massive recall Thursday of drain covers that can fail to protect swimmers from the risk of entrapment and drowning.

In announcing the recall of 1 million pool and spa drain covers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission declared that public pools with the faulty equipment should remain shut until the problem is fixed. The federal agency said it was deploying recall inspectors who have the authority to shut down pools.

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The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips