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Five Florida teenagers will not be prosecuted after they videotaped and mocked a disabled man as he drowned and didn't help.

Free Swim Classes At The YMCA Combat Childhood Drowning

Apr 25, 2018
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Thirteen YMCAs in Central Florida, including the South Orlando Center, are offering a free five-day course in water safety for five to 12-year-olds.

Usually lifeguards on the beach are there to watch over swimmers. But earlier this week, 220 professional lifeguards took over Delray Beach to compete with each other and test their skills as part of the U.S. Lifesaving Association's Southeast Regional Championships. 

The Atlantic Storm season starts June 1st and while a lot of attention is given to the winds packed by hurricanes, that's not the only peril. Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says the latest data from hurricane or tropical related fatalities is striking.

A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Florida ranks as number one in the nation for vehicle-related drownings. And, that’s why one Florida lawmaker says he’s happy the Governor signed “Chloe’s Law.”

A bill aimed at cutting down the number of drowning deaths associated with car accidents in Florida has passed its first House committee. “Chloe’s law” stems from the death of a University of Central Florida student last year.

  

Nationally, Florida tops the charts for drowning deaths for children under five.  That's why the Tampa Bay Rays and the YMCA partnered again this summer to teach children in the Tampa Bay area how to swim.

Two weeks ago four members of the staff at Pensacola’s Baptist Health Care went boating, and nothing has been the same since, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

While the four were swimming, CFO Kerry Vermillion, owner of the boat, disappeared; his body was later found. The exact cause of death is undetermined and autopsy reports are not expected for another 12 to 14 weeks.

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After a near-drowning,  9-year-old Selah Clanton of Zephyrhills can’t walk, talk or eat; she has to have a feeding tube and trach to live. Doctors say she is in a vegetative state, akin to that of Terri Schiavo, a Clearwater woman whose fate became the center of a legal storm that raged until her death in 2005.

Unlike Schiavo, Selah’s family is united in the belief they must keep her alive, whatever it takes.

Orlando Sentinel

Dianne May Evers suffered from hallucinations and delusions from the time she was 7.  On New Year’s Day in 1980, the mental illness led then 23-year-old Evers to drown her three daughters in their bath, convinced they were “better off in heaven.”  Found not guilty by reason of insanity, she spent the past three decades in Chattahoochee’s Florida State Hospital.