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Preventing Drownings In The Northwest

OPB | July 11, 2014 12:45 p.m. | Updated: July 11, 2014 2:05 p.m.

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On Tuesday, a man drowned in Scotts Mills Park in Marion County. It was the second drowning in Marion County in two days and the tenth in Oregon and Southwest Washington since July 1. Water safety experts say even with warm weather, fresh water temperatures are still very cold this time of year, which can shock swimmers and cause them to panic. They recommend that people not jump in to save someone who is struggling, but instead throw the victim something to hold onto. 

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Ruth Harshfield: Director of Safe Kids Oregon

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