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Experts offer safety advice when swimming

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As the community continues to mourn the lives of three young men in Scotts Bluff County who have died in water related accidents in the past week, experts are offering safety swimming advice.
 
On Sunday, 19-year-old Dylan Peters and 23-year-old Chris Romey drowned in a swimming accident at Lake Minatare.

Last Tuesday, 21-year-old Jeffrey Rice died after cliff diving at Lake Guernsey.

As the healing process continues for the community, Senior YMCA Aquatic Safety instructor Aaron Fabel urges residents to be mindful of the dangers that come with swimming.

Fabel, who has instructed swimming for more than 18 years, advises to know your limitations and to use the "buddy system" which could help prevent future tragedies.
 
"You have to have the same amount of respect for the water whether it's a lake, at a river or even a swimming pool. The only difference is you may not have a lifeguard out at the pond or out at the lake or the river but you still have to know your area, know who your with at all times and know what your swimming ability is so you don't put yourself in that situation where your abilities may be compromised or you get into trouble and you're not able to help yourself or get back out," Fabel said.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that each day about ten people die from drowning incidents.
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