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July 21, 2013

NH sees increase in drownings

Heavy rains, swift water to blame in some cases


“Be careful about alcohol consumption,” Emanuelson said.

Dunleavy encourages people to choose to swim at beaches where there are lifeguards. New Hampshire has a wealth of those opportunities for swimmers, he said.

Jenozese would like to see everyone trained in CPR and first aid so they can help when a person is drowning.

She also said people should know the signs of drowning.

“When someone is drowning, it looks like they are playing in a wave,” she said. “They jump up and down with their arms extended to their side, their legs are directly underneath them.”

With heads back, they are unable to call out for help.

“People who are on the beach ignore those warning signs,” she said.

Small children also can appear OK, when in reality they are struggling.

“When they are face first, they look like they are doggy paddling, but they are in a life-and-death struggle,” she said.

The situation has the attention of public safety officials throughout the state.

Dunleavy said representatives of New Hampshire Fish & Game, state parks, the marine patrol and state police participated in the press conference to heighten awareness.

He said Col. Robert Quinn, chief of the state police, asked his agency to give special attention and bring a message of safety to community swimming areas.

Concord Fire Department officials also participated in the awareness effort. “They had back-to-back drownings,” Dunleavy said.

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