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Two fatal drownings in 24 hours, experts say most are preventable

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Cierra Beal remembers the feeling 13 years after her little boy Austin silently went under water.

"It still haunts me every day," Beal said.

In just a few minutes, Austin nearly drowned when he was only a year and a half old. Beal said goodbye, taking him off life support, 10 years later.

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After hearing about the fatal drowning of a 3-year-old in a neighbor's backyard this holiday, she posted on social media.

"My first things were I'm so sorry that they are going to be living a nightmare that they are never going to wake up from because it doesn't go away," she said.

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No word yet how the boy got into the yard -- it had a block wall and was gated.

Authorities say this isn't the only drowning. A teen died after he slipped underwater at Lake Mojave on Tuesday.

Maria Moilanen certifies lifeguards and said drownings are almost always preventable.

"Coast Guard-approved life vests. So not the water wings where they might lose one wing and then they are going to drown," Moilanen said.

A-B-C-D'S of drowning:

  • Adult supervision without distractions
  • Barriers around a pool
  • Classes to learn CPR and training
  • Devices like life vests
  • Moilanen said it's never too early

Children come out of a liquid environment so you get them right back into the liquid environment as soon as you can. Infants are learning to float, which can save their life.

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