INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Departments of Child Services and Natural
Resources remind parents and guardians to closely watch children near water.
Among other precautions, the agencies say parents and guardians should never
leave children alone around water and to teach children to ask permission
before going near bodies of water. It also says children should be taught to
swim, should always swim with a buddy and only in areas with designated life
guards on duty.
The reminder comes after the weekend drownings of two Indianapolis children:
an 8-year-old girl in an apartment complex pond, and a 14-year-old boy in a
lake at a Decatur County campground.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report accidental
drowning is the second largest cause of death among children ages 14 and