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A constant eye keeps children safe in the water

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LAKE WYLIE, NC (WBTV) -

It was a dangerous weekend on the water. Three possible drowning's in the area. Two of them happened in Mecklenburg County and one in Catawba County. 

Thousands have hit the lakes and pools for Memorial Day weekend, but there are some things to remember to make sure a celebration doesn't turn into a tragedy. 

Dawn Baker never takes her eyes off her three children when they're in the water. 

"Nobody's invincible. Things can happen too quickly," Baker said. 

Baker and her family spend a lot of time of Lake Wylie. She says she constantly uses the head count method to keep track of them.

"Looking all the time, looking at all my kids," Baker said.

That's the best advice Kaye Carraway, director of Lake Wylie's YMCA Camp Thunderbird, can offer parents. 

"Have a designated adult supervising children at all times. That means they wouldn't be engaging in conversation or the picnic, but rather be supervising the children," Carraway said. 

It doesn't take long for a child to slip away, which is why life jackets are key. 

"Should they turn their head for a moment and the child should land in the water, they can stay afloat until help can arrive," Carraway said. 

It's important to remember a child can drown in just a few inches of water. Also, just because someone can swim, doesn't mean they're safe.

"Children don't always know what their limitations are," Carraway said. 

Drowning victims are often found still and silent instead of thrashing around and yelling for help.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg public pools are now open. Free swimming lessons will be offered at the Cordelia Pool at 2100 N. Davidson Street and the Double Oaks Pool at 1200 Newland Road. Registration begins June 11th at both locations. 

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