More drownings in Poland amid heatwave
PR dla Zagranicy
Eleven people drowned this weekend as Poles took to the water amid a heatwave.
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Police said that 244 people in total have drowned in Poland since the beginning of April.
Last year, 449 people died in such incidents, 97 of whom had been drinking, according to Michał Gaweł from Polish police headquarters.
Alcohol is among the main causes of swimmers drowning in Poland. Deaths most often occur in bathing areas not patrolled by lifeguards, according to public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency.
Police have warned parents to keep a careful eye on children. Gaweł said it is not enough to observe a youngster from the beach because when a child gets into trouble an adult will often not be able to reach it in time.