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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty County EMS director says drowning danger is greatly increased this year. He says it's due to the large amount of standing water, and urges everyone to learn CPR.

Pool dangers are also high this time of year. On Sunday afternoon 5-year-old Halee Derosia was pulled from the bottom of the Flickinger pool, and James Flickinger performed CPR.

Derosia was transported to the hospital for treatment, and made a full recovery. EMS Director Greg Rowe said kids are attracted to water, and CPR training will save lives.

"Not just a homeowner, or somebody working with a swimming pool, [but] anybody that's around water should know CPR," said Rowe, "because you never know when something is going to happen."

Dougherty County EMS paramedics teach CPR classes, and will help those interested sign up for one. Call 439-7013 to get information.

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