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Governor O’Malley, NRP Urge Water Safety as Drownings Continue

NRP Officers searching for a drowning victim

NRP Officers searching for a drowning victim

After more than 13 drownings in Maryland waterways this year to date, Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking everyone to use extra caution when out on the water.

Only swim in guarded areas.

Never swim alone.

Heed warning signs and flags.

Pay special attention to children and people who cannot swim.

Have a flotation rescue device handy.

Always wear a life jacket when boating and stay alert to weather conditions.

Carry a cell phone or mobile radio.

Tell someone your plans, in detail, before heading out.

These steps can mean the difference between life and death. Learn more at

Posted July 24, 2014