An absolute tragedy just occurred in Atlantic City that resulted in a father losing his life while trying to save his 11-year-old son from drowning.

These events are sad but it is essential to ask ourselves the question: "How can we avoid this from happening again in the future?"

And I think I have the answer: Water Safety.

I do strongly believe that New Jersey as a whole needs to be more aggressive with educating the public on water safety and how to handle themselves in and around water.

There has been discussion of a bill being passed that would make it mandatory for kids to learn water safety skills while in school which I think is a MUST HAVE because parents may not always have the time to teach their kids or the knowledge themselves! 

An expert even went as far to say that kids as young as 3 months old should start learning how to swim. By the time they are adults, they will be more than capable to handle themselves in stressful situations because it is easy to start panicking when you have not been taught.

I am not, by any means, saying that this horrible accident could have been avoided because things do happen. But maybe it is time that we change how the younger generations are introduced to water to preemptively try and avoid any dangerous incidents from happening in the future.

What do you think?

My heart goes out to the family that just lost a life. All of us here at Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG are so sorry and send our condolences.

For more information on this accident, click HERE.

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