Water Safety Festival in Mount Vernon May 26 to be Led by Olympian

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MOUNT VERNON– We hear ten people drown each day in the U.S. and most deaths happen over the summer months.

Drowning is also the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children between the ages of 1 and 14 –most of which occur during a lapse in adult supervision of less than 5 minutes.

U.S. Olympic Silver medalist Maritza Correia will visit Mt. Vernon Saturday May 26 to draw attention to pool and water safety as the summer season rolls in.

When Correia qualified for the USA Olympic Team in 2004, she became the first Puerto Rican of African descent to be on the USA Olympic Swimming Team, and she is the first African-American woman  to set an American record in swimming.

All are welcome at “Make A Splash: Mount Vernon”  Saturday, May 26 at the YMCA, 20 South Second Avenue in Mount Vernon from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  A street festival is also scheduled with a number of interactive displays for children of all ages.

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