State & Local Leaders to Launch Regional Drowning Prevention Alliance in Southwest Florida

Media Advisory:
May 12, 2015

State & Local Leaders to Launch Regional Drowning Prevention Alliance in Southwest Florida

FT. MYERS— Since 2009, 490 child drownings have been reported to the Florida Abuse Hotline – enough to fill 25 classrooms. As part of Lee County’s Water Safety Month, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will join the Department of Health in Lee County, U.S. Coast Guard, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and local leaders in a press conference to raise awareness about water safety and safe boating as we move into the summer months.

The Wednesday, May 13 press conference will take place at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Beach Pavilion – just steps away from where a 12-year-old boy lost his life to drowning nearly a year ago. Florida overwhelming leads the nation in child drownings each year. Due to our warm weather, drownings occur year-round in Florida but steadily rise during the summer months.

WHAT: Water Safety & Safe Boating Press Conference

WHO:

  • Department of Children & Families Regional Managing Director Lisa Mayrose
  • U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla Commander Bill Petritz
  • Pediatrician, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
  • Also: Safe Kids Coalition of Lee/Collier Counties, Just Against Children Drowning, Charlotte County Drowning Prevention Group

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 6  p.m.

WHERE: Cape Coral Yacht Club Beach Pavilion, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral 33904

CONTACT: Sally Kreuscher, Safe Kids Lee/Collier: (239) 343-6199

Drowning prevention PSAs, b-roll from swimming classes and additional drowning prevention resources for media are available for distribution by visiting: www.myflfamilies.com/watersafety

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