GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it can also prove deadly if proper precautions aren't taken in the water.
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children, just behind car accidents.
The Peterson family of Lakeville visited KARE 11 Sunrise to share the near-drowning experience involving 7-year-old Avery. Dad Shane Peterson was poolside when he noticed Avery was not moving in the water. Her 9-year-old brother Alex pulled her out of the pool and her dad tried to resuscitate her. She began breathing, the paramedics arrived, and she was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for evaluation. She is now a healthy 7-year-old.
Experts remind parents to stay with their children, even if a lifeguard is on duty.
Also, everyone should wear a life jacket when boating or during other water-related recreational activities.
HCMC has more information on its Trauma Prevention Facebook page, as well as the National Drowning Prevention Alliance's safety page.
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