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With Boating Season Here, Rescue Teams Urge Water Safety


Rick Boston

The Geeseytown Community Fire Company's Water Rescue Team and the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Company recently held a water rescue training session on the Frankstown branch of the Juniata River.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are around 3,960 unintentional drownings, including boating-related drownings, each year. That averages out to around 11 drowning deaths per day.

With summer just around the corner, the waters around Williamsburg and its surrounding areas will be welcoming boats, canoes, kayaks, and tubes as people spend a relaxing day floating down the Juniata River.

But what may start as a day of fun and relaxation can end in tragedy if proper precautions are not taken.

Locally, the Geeseytown Community Volunteer Fire Company has a water rescue un...

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