As summer recreation ramps up, state officials remind people of the signs of drowning.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs summer visitors converge on Central and Northern Michigan lakes, state health officials are reminding people about the signs of drowning.

They say drownings usually don’t look like what’s depicted on TV or in the movies. Indeed, they say children can drown in seconds and in silence. Angela Minicucci is a spokeswoman with the Michigan Department of Community Health. “It’s something that you may not necessarily hear. You may not hear screaming or water splashing. So making sure a parent is around and they’re watching the children at all times is critically important,” she said.

Minicucci says in 2011, the last year that numbers are available, 77 children in Michigan died in drownings.

ON THE WEB:
Instictive Drowning Reflex:
http://mariovittone.com/2011/07/video-of-instinctive-drowning-response/