The heartbreaking death of 13-year-old team swimmer Elise Cerami this week at the Carroll school district’s Aquatics Center in Southlake is a tragic reminder that drowning can claim the lives of even those who are experienced in the water.
Elise was participating in a routine warmup session with teammates from the North Texas Nadadores club when they realized she hadn’t surfaced. They pulled her from the water, but CPR at the scene and attempts to revive her at local hospitals failed.
The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported 37 drownings last year in Tarrant, Denton, Johnson and Parker counties, including seven children.
Watchful eyes are always important when anyone is in the water.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is conducting its “Safety Around Water” program again this summer, offering water safety lessons for resident children at 20 apartment complexes in the Fort Worth area. Children will receive two free water safety instruction sessions each week — both in water and on land — for four weeks.
The YMCA also offers both group and private swim lessons at 11 Fort Worth-area branches. Scholarships are available for those in need.
Respect the water.