Near drownings spark water safety concerns at Tri-State pools

CINCINNATI -- Near drownings have made the summer swimming season a bit scary, but lifeguards around town say when it comes to saving lives, they make every second count.

The Cincinnati Recreation Commission opened city pools on June 4. Since the first swimmers made a splash, rescue help has been called to pools in Beechwood, Walnut Hills and Liberty Township.

"Our policy is that within 10 seconds my lifeguards that are up in the chair should be able to recognize that they have what we call a 'guest in distress.'" Coney Island's head lifeguard Nick Flerlage said.

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Watch the video player above to see how lifeguards prepare for catastrophic events.


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