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In Wake Of Several Drownings, State Police Stress Water Safety

BOSTON (CBS) – With seven drowning victims in the state since July 4th, including a number of children, State Police Sgt. Blake Gilmore talked on Thursday about safety in the water.

Much of it is common sense, he said, like keeping an eye on your kids. But even when you do, it’s important to understand what you’re seeing.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“A lot of times kids get into trouble… they’re thrashing around and parents misunderstand that as they’re playing,” Sgt Gilmore said.  “They have to be very aware of what’s happening there because at that point, they could be drowning.”

Another thing he talked about was the dangers of alcohol.

Gilmore noted an incident where a six-foot-tall man died in four feet of water because he was too drunk to stand up.

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