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Letter: Water rescues show importance of swimming lessons

Swimming lessons can save lives

11:47 AM, Jul. 1, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: Recent water rescues by Wausau police and firefighters were frightening. An important aspect of these incidents is that the victims rescued from the water could swim. That likely kept them alive.

Thank a local pool instructor. The YMCA and Wausau's Parks and Recreation Department both offer effective learn-to-swim programs. Or there might have been a responsible and caring adult in their lives who taught them, locally or at a cottage up north.

As a witness to two drownings and the offspring of a drowned parent, I have become alarmed through the years whenever there is talk of closing pools to save money. That misguided approach seems to disregard Wausau's location as a gateway to abundant northern lakes. Or maybe some haven't noticed?

Anne Heian,

Wausau

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