Officials stress importance of water safety at Lake Georgetown

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GEORGETOWN (KXAN) — City officials want to make sure people enjoy Lake Georgetown safely, so they joined forces with the U.S. Army Cops of Engineers and local volunteers Saturday to promote water safety.

This summer, three children and an adult have drowned in three separate incidents at Lake Georgetown.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with non-profits and Georgetown first responders hosted Water Safety Day at Russell Park Saturday.

The event included games, free giveaways and safety sessions on the water.

“We don’t want anyone to go home like that,” said James Chambers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “There’s a lot of things they can learn and do to save their own lives, or save someone they came with, or someone they love.”

Kids learned to stay near shore and to make sure they have a life jacket on if they cannot touch their feet to the bottom.

Parents learned to be careful if they need to attempt a rescue because a panicked person can drag them down.

“Everyone needs to hear about this because… even parents who have older children who are stronger swimmers… it’s good to remember the keys of keeping them safe,” Georgetown mom Alyson Ryan said. “The lifejacket… so crucial.”

The Army Corps of Engineers says most drownings happen 10- to 50 feet from shore.

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