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Teenager Nearly Drowns in Public Pool

For the second time this summer, a teenager puts himself in serious danger by sneaking into a public pool after hours.

It happened Wednesday night when a group of teenagers snuck into the Lincoln pool on Linn street in the West End.

One of the them, 18 year-old RaShawn Williams, jumped in from a high dive and never came back up. That's when friends jumped in after him.

"I pulled him back up and my boy snake grabbed him out of the pool, gave him that chest stuff," says 15 year-old Don Smith.

The 9-1-1 dispatcher taught CPR over the phone to the friend until the ambulance arrived. Williams was then rushed to University Hospital.

This is the second time this season teenagers flirted with death by sneaking into public pools. On Friday night June 4th, a seventeen year-old was found at the bottom of the Winton Hills Community pool. He was also rushed to the hospital, but it was too late.

The Cincinnati Recreation Commission is asking people who live around, or drive by pools, to keep an eye out. It's all part of their "Neighborhood Pool Watch Program." If you see anyone at a pool at night, call 9-1-1.

However, Jincey Yemaya with CRC says the most important thing you can do is to get your kids to learn how to swim. Most courses only cost 10 dollars, "The American Red Cross partners with the Recreation Commission and we teach thousands of children to swim every summer and the more children that learn to swim is a lifetime safety skill."

You can contact your pool or the CRC to sign up for the "Learn to Swim Program". The CRC's number is 357-pool (7665).

The Red Cross can also teach you CPR. Their number is 792-4000.

If you see any pool fences damaged, call the CRC nighttime fence crew at 591-6000.

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