Experts: more kids drown in open bodies of water

Experts: more kids drown in open bodies of water
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(KAIT) - More kids drown in open bodies of water than swimming pools, according to experts.

More than 1,000 kids died from drowning in 2016.

Swimmers in river, lakes, ponds, and quarries seemed to be at the most risk due to the murky water making it difficult to see the bottom.

Natural swimming holes can also have unpredictable, strong currents and colder waters.

"So while they're swimming fine in a pool, if they're trying to swim out in open water, they may tire much more quickly just because of the water temperature," Morag MacKay with Safe Kids Worldwide said.

Parents can help by designating a water watcher to keep an eye on swimmers and keep weak swimmers in life jackets.

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