Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
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The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -
Swimming is more than just a fun and healthy exercise.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning up to 88 percent among children aged one to four.
"We're surrounded by water here in the south and drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death in children. So the combination of the two is really an eye opening thing for our community and really everyone in this part of the country," said YMCA CEO Tom Everett.
Four and five year olds learned these life saving skills Tuesday at the Everett-Milton Y.
The YMCA in Thomasville is offering these free and reduced swim lessons to over 300 preschoolers in the community.
"We feel like every youngster ought to have an opportunity to swim whether it is financially affordable to their family or not. So the YMCA really steps up and makes sure this swim lesson program is available to everyone," said Everett.
And the kids did not only learn how to swim, but also what they can and cannot do while they are swimming.
"Don't go underwater if somebody doesn't see you," said Preschooler Caroline Westberg.
Each school will take turns bussing in their students until every Thomas County preschooler is swim ready.
An average of ten people drown every day in this country.
More than 20 percent of those victims are children 14 and younger.
Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages and the second leading cause for children up to 14 years old.