What you can do to prevent drownings

SCITUATE, Mass. — A Scituate drowning has a community mourning.

The Plymouth County District Attorney said Jhon Michel of Brockton was swimming with some of his co-workers after a hot day of working in landscaping when he drowned.

These emergency scenes have been playing out a lot this summer. At the same time, we are going into the busiest summer swimming season with many beaches and pools struggling to find enough lifeguards because of the pandemic.

We spent some time with the head of lifeguards in Weymouth.

Brian Kowalski said there are basic things everyone should know.

Don’t jump in to the water if you are not trained. And find something you can throw that can buy the person some extra time.

“Keep an eye on your kids at all times. Never assume someone else is watching them. Things can happen in an instant,” said Kowalski.

With the lighter lifeguard staffing -- the Weymouth Recreation Department says the most important thing to know is never put yourself at risk -- and always try to help from distance.

“If there is anything that floats to throw it out to them” or " “reach out with something like a stick or a pole so you don’t put yourself in danger.”

It’s still unclear what exactly happened to Michel. But the owner of the landscaping company he worked at told us he was a father first and one of the most sincere, positive people he has ever met.

And Michel’s death is a reminder.

“It happens really quick and it is always silent. Kids anyone can just go under water,” said Kowalski.

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