Drowning

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If you're jumping into a pool, pond or other cool body of water during these hot days, how can you stay safe? Idaho Matters finds out the two big dangers are drowning and RWI's, recreational water illnesses caused by germs or chemicals where you swim.

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Idaho ranks behind only Florida in the number of child drownings. Idaho Matters talks with West Valley Medical Center's medical director and Lifeguards Without Borders executive director, Dr. Justin Sempsrott, about the importance of swim lessons, making your backyard pool safe and enjoying Idaho's rivers, lakes and ponds safely.

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Idaho has the second highest rate of unintentional drownings of children in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and canals.  On Monday's edition of Idaho Matters, we speak with Treasure Valley YMCA CEO David Duro about water safety.

On a summer morning in July 1915, thousands of poor factory workers lined the Chicago docks, waiting to board ships for the much anticipated annual picnic hosted by Western Electric Company. But as 2,500 passengers flooded aboard the first ship, the SS Eastland, disaster struck. The huge liner flipped onto its side, drowning more than 800 people in the filthy Chicago River, including 22 whole families.

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Boise’s ethics commission next week will look into a case of a city firefighter who rescued a man from an irrigation canal, who then died several days later.

In June, Boise firefighter Brent Matthews jumped into one of the area’s biggest and fastest irrigation canals to rescue a man who had fallen in. Local TV station KTVB did a story praising Matthews for his heroism.