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Swimming safety and drowning prevention

A boy demonstrates during a swimming lesson as other children sit on the edge of the pool and look on.
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Marquis Bryant, foreground, 7, helps out during a demonstration as fellow students look on during a swimming lesson, Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Gwen Cherry Park in Miami.

An estimated 4,000 people die by drowning a year across the U.S. Calling it a public health crisis, a coalition of experts this summer released the first-ever, 10-year action plan to reduce drownings.

It urges action from all levels of government and calls for more public pools and more access to swimming lessons. While pools come first to mind, drownings can occur almost anywhere water collects.

The report also acknowledges the history and racism responsible for disproportionate rates of drowning among people of color.

The joy of swimming, for decades, was a pastime and fitness routine open only to whites.

In the 1960s, many towns across the South filled or destroyed their public pools rather than allow Black Americans to swim in them.

With deadly consequences – that linger today. We'll discuss water safety and swimming.

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