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EMS Warns Of Drowning Danger In Lakes As Drought Continues

Updated: Tuesday, June 10 2014, 06:46 AM CDT
As Georgetown Police continue to investigate the drowning of 28-year-old Nicholas Anthony Clifton in Lake Georgetown, Williamson County officials say the drought could be making lakes more dangerous for swimmers.

Police say Clifton was swimming near the edge of the lake with friends when he disappeared Sunday night. EMS officials say if you're going to swim in the lake, make sure you swim in designated areas and stay as close to the shore as you can. But, they say, even that can be dangerous.

"The problem with the lake is you can't see what you're stepping on especially now that a lot of the lakes are low," said Mike Knipstein, Commander with Williamson County EMS. "You'll start walking out five feet, and what used to be ten feet of shore is now five feet of shore, and you go from knee deep to over your head and then when you try to get back there's stuff underneath, there's trees that weren't there before."

Commander Knipstein says if you're going to be in the water, use the "buddy system" and never swim alone, that way each person can have eyes on each other the entire time. Also, he says remember to wear your life vests and learn CPR if you can.
EMS Warns Of Drowning Danger In Lakes As Drought Continues

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