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CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

There have been 3 drowning victims in Georgia in the past week alone, including one child in Crisp County.

Two feet of water may not seem like a lot compared to most pools and ponds or bodies of water, but that's all it takes to claim a life.

Crisp County officials responded quickly when 5-year old Serdarious Savage went under the water in this neighborhood pond Monday afternoon, but they couldn't save him.

"Time is critical. Less than 10 minutes is your window to go from rescue to recovery. That time of notification of emergency personnel is vital," said Michael Frasier, Crisp County Deputy Coroner.

Once things like water temperature are checked, divers with gear are sent to quickly search the waters and necessary equipment is supplied.

Crisp County doesn't have a dive team but they keep in constant contact with Lee County's dive team and say they do have diving certified officials and volunteers that help in these situations.

They're also preparing for upcoming summer months when waters like Lake Blackshear become crowded and the possibility of drownings rise.

"We practice these things and we work for these unfortunate incidents to happen each and every day. So that we can give our citizens the best possible response that they can expect," said Billy Hancock, Crisp County Sheriff's Deputy Chief.

They want folks to know that deputies are patrolling all hours and that several fire stations are prepared for the worst throughout the night.

They'll do everything they can to prevent any drowning but they want the prevention to start first with all swimmers.

"The best thing to do of course is to have somebody close by that can swim and spend more time learning to swim yourself and so forth and being able to cover that problem," said Ray Lansford, Crisp County Fire Chief.

Everyone is encouraged to keep an eye out on children around water and floating devices are suggested for those who aren't strong swimmers, to help keep everyone safe.

Drinking alcohol has been a factor for drownings in the past and mixing that with swimming is never a good idea.

Authorities encourage you to take swimming classes if you can't swim and learn CPR at organizations like Red Cross.

For more information, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class.

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