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Going to a Sacramento river this weekend? Take safety guidelines seriously

Video: Responses to Drownings in Discovery Park

On July 20, 2015, visitors of Discover Park, where a 24-year-old man drowned the night before, respond to the five drownings in recent weeks that have occurred in Sacramento. Video by Madeline Lear, photographs by José Luis Villegas and Andrew Sen
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On July 20, 2015, visitors of Discover Park, where a 24-year-old man drowned the night before, respond to the five drownings in recent weeks that have occurred in Sacramento. Video by Madeline Lear, photographs by José Luis Villegas and Andrew Sen

Another weekend provides renewed opportunities for recreation in the Sacramento area. It also spotlights the need for safety.

Sacramento river waters have been deadly this summer, but that’s not unusual. People drown in the Sacramento and American rivers every year.

But several deaths in the last few weeks have drawn increased attention to the fatal potential.

Here are stories, pictures and video that can heighten awareness of the need for safe practices in and around the water.

News coverage

▪ Sacramento County officials step up communication efforts to prevent drownings

▪ Are Sacramento river drownings preventable?

▪ Warning signs aren’t enough at Discovery Park

▪ Teaching the dangers of rivers running cold and fast

▪ Gallery: Drowning near Discovery Park claims life of young woman

Resources

▪ Safety tips from Sacramento County Regional Parks

Main points: Wear a personal flotation device – life jacket. Learn how to swim. Obey the signs. Leave alcohol at home. Keep an eye on the kids.

▪ Swimming lessons from city of Sacramento

▪ Swimming lessons from American Red Cross

▪ Swimming lessons from Sacramento YMCA

Don't be the river’s next victim. Use the Sacramento Drowning Accident Rescue Team’s tips to save yourself from drowning.

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