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Tragic Weekend: Two teens drown in Phoenix swimming pools

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - There is so much focus on drowning prevention involving little ones that we do not often think of teenagers drowning especially in pools.

But this weekend a terrible reminder as two teens drowned in pools; one at a home in West Phoenix and the other in the pool at an apartment complex.

Everyone who heard the stories this weekend had the same reaction surprise that a 13 year-old and 17 year-old got into trouble and drowned in a pool.

A 13 year-old boy climbed an apartment pool fence and drowned Saturday afternoon. Later that day, a 17 year-old girl drowned while at a pool party in the same West Phoenix neighborhood.

"You get to thinking that someone's 12 or 13 years-old or older, that they're going to be fine in the water, and that's not the case," said Lori Schmidt.

Lori Schmidt with the Drowning Prevention Coalition says many would be surprised to discover that most people are not strong swimmers many simply don't know how they never learned.

"There is a lot of people that don't know how to swim, it's pretty amazing the number of adults that are supposed to be the caregiver and the water watchers, and they have no ability to actually go in and rescue a child,' she said.
 
At El Dorado Pool in Scottsdale, staff deems someone a "strong swimmer" if they can swim the 25 yard length of the pool without stopping or struggling.

Schmidt says for teen swimmers part of the challenge is the perception, that no one needs to be watching the pool in because the people in the pool are over a certain age.

"Well, you need to have an awareness that something can go wrong, and it would be nice if we could just have somebody that keeps an eye on folks," said Schmidt.
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