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Students learn important safety lessons for the summer

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FINLEY, Wash;-- With rivers running high and fast it's very important you know what to do in case of an accident on the water. 

That's exactly what was happening today at Finley Elementary School. With school ending soon, park rangers say it's important children know the basics before jumping in the water this summer. And that preventing a drowning could be as easy as teaching a kid to swim. 

"The one thing I could say, I guess the most important thing is, teach your children how to swim. Give them those life skills," says Kye Carpenter, Park Manager at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam. "Also, be an ounce of precaution, an ounce of safety really makes all the difference." 

Rangers also say to be extra careful right now. The rivers are only about 57 degrees, and at that temperature hypothermia takes effect in minutes.