Most Drownings Reported During Summer

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Harker Heights (May 25, 2014) The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has urged all adults to watch children around water.

The concern comes after 82 children drowned in Texas last year. Officials said there were already 15 children who drowned this year.

Corps of Engineer officials reported five people drowned at Lake Belton and Stillhouse in summer 2013, and already one this year.

"Our message is really simple," said Julie Moody, DFPS spokesperson. "When you are around water, meaning swimming pools, lakes, creeks, you need to pay attention to your children, and all the kids around the water."

The agency reported most of the state drowning's involving children happened between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

"The biggest issue is they never really been around water so they don't know what could happen," said James Mataska, Harker Heights pool lifeguard. "So they just think that's just another game rather than that this could actually kill you."

Mataska said he had to save two children who nearly drowned at the pool last summer.

"The main thing is parents you got to stay with your kids, no matter how confident you think they can swim," he said.

Parents are reminded to watch children around water both inside and outside the house.