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Peak drowning season is June through August. In the last two months, three cases of near drownings have come out of Starkville.

A string of near drownings have hit Starkville this summer, prompting local health care officials to share strategies aimed at preventing future tragedies.

Since May 18, three people have nearly drowned. Two of the victims were children less than three years old, and the third was a 17 year old.

The younger victims had no immediate health concerns following their experiences, but teenager remains in critical condition.

Eddie Coats, critical care manager at OCH Regional Medical Center, said peak drowning season is June through August.

According to the National Safety Council, 10 people drown per day in the United States.

Coats said the three near-drownings were likely prevented from being fatal thanks to quick action by people on the scene.

"In all three cases, CPR was initiated, fortunately," Coats said. "Two of those three have survived with little to no effect because someone knew CPR."

For more on this story, read Thursday's Starkville Daily News.

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