Near drowning stresses need for water safety classes

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GREENFIELD, Ind. – Drownings are one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 14, that’s why Indy Parks wants families to know the basics of water safety.

“They looked away for a split second, turned around and did a head count and one was missing,” said Elizabeth Caves, Kolten Stratton’s aunt

Six-year-old Kolten went underwater at his neighborhood pool in Greenfield. Luckily, a teenage boy was there to pull him out of the water in time for an off-duty officer to give him CPR.

Dana Gates and her family took advantage of the free “Make a-Splash” program going on at public parks across Indy.

“It was perfect timing that they had this safety class going because I was trying to instill that in them early on about having fun in the water,” said Gates.

The program teaches water safety and the rules of the pool to children and their families.

“I’ve seen kids come in here bright and smiling, and within a minute they are in the pool and the water is over their head and one us has to jump in,” said Samuel Utley, one of the life guard supervisors leading the free classes this week.

“Running on the pool deck, playing rough in the water and following slide rules are probably the most important things to keep in mind,” he said.

The safety classes will run this week until Thursday. After the class, your admission to pool is free.

The Greenfield Fire Department will honor the teenager who saved Kolten Stratton. The ceremony will be at the Greenfield Fire Department headquarters located at 17 W. South Street at 6 p.m.