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Safety Tips After Two Water Accidents

It's just four days into summer, but Jackson law enforcement have already responded to two dangerous incidents on the water.

Officials want to remind you of some important safety tips to keep in mind this summer.

Even though it might not look very deep, large bodies of water can create quite the scare if you're not careful.

"In the incidences they're different in the aspects of there were witnesses in this one," said Blackman Leoni Public Safety Det. Robert Shrock.

Blackman Leoni Township had to rush a 14-year-old boy to the hospital after he apparently lost his breath at Oaks Resort in Munith.

He was swimming with relatives at the time, who tried to pull him to safety, but couldn't.

Just down the road at Gillett's Lake, police believe 18-year-old James Michael Price drowned after going for a swim around midnight Sunday morning. His father found his body later that day around Noon.

John Edwards visits Gillett's Lake twice a week and says it's actually pretty safe. "It's not that deep here until you pass the buoys of course, people just got to watch out, stay within the buoys, this lake really just doesn't have an under toe like other lakes do."

The owner at Oaks Resort doesn't think she could do anything differently, they have buoys in the water and signs posted.

"All of his cousins and siblings were down there with him, plus I had families down around the pond, even some Grandma's I think, so there was definitely support team down there, just something went wrong," Oaks Resort Owner, Tammy Roark said.

Both cases have safety officials asking swimmers to follow some simple rules.

"Make sure that if they are not strong swimmers that there are floatation devices for them, that there are adults watching the water and that you don't want the kids to wander off," Det. Shrock said.

To keep a fun day at the beach from turning tragic.

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