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Ga. sees spike in child drownings

Georgia is now the fifth highest state for child drownings, with nine so far this year. (Source: WALB) Georgia is now the fifth highest state for child drownings, with nine so far this year. (Source: WALB)
New data shows a spike in child drownings in Georgia. (Source: WALB) New data shows a spike in child drownings in Georgia. (Source: WALB)
AFD Battalion Chief Kelly Harcrow AFD Battalion Chief Kelly Harcrow
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

New data shows a spike in child drownings in Georgia. 

Last month, six children under the age of 10 drowned.

Georgia is now the fifth highest state for child drownings, with nine so far this year. 

A 3-year-old Albany boy remains hospitalized after nearly drowning last week when he wandered into the pool at Nottingham Apartments. 

Apartment managers said that they hope to reopen the pool next weekend after work to install surveillance cameras begins Tuesday.

Albany firefighters said a lack of supervision and barriers are the most common causes of drownings. 

"We recommend a buddy system. If you're going to go swimming have a buddy out there with you that way there's somebody there that at least if they're not swimming they can be around the pool and notice that if something is wrong, they're under the water for too long, or something that that buddy can help aid in their rescue," said AFD Battalion Chief Kelly Harcrow.

Parents should also cleanup toys in or around the pool so kids won't be enticed into the water. 

They should also have CPR training and make sure their children take swimming lessons.

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