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Rash of drownings in N.E. Ohio

More than a dozen drowning or near drowning events occurred during this month's heat wave.  Rescue crews and search teams have been busy at local pools, ponds, lakes and swim parks.

When the mercury rises, so does attendance at swim parks, area beaches and pools.

It's been a dangerous and busy couple of weeks for lifeguards and rescue teams. 

In the last week, three people have drowned in Northeast Ohio. 

Saturday in Trumbull County, a man drowned at Mosquito Lake and a swimmer was plucked from Berlin Lake thanks to the use of sonar equipment.

Avon Lake on the Fourth of July proved deadly for one fisherman who drowned in Lake Erie.

The Coast Guard says stormy weather is to blame for rough and dangerous swimming conditions.

Rip currents are to blame for the drowning at Huntington Beach.

Inland lakes also proving hazardous for a 10-year-old at Baylor Beach in Sugar Creek Township, Ohio and a 5-year-old at Eastwood Swim Park in Summit County.

Back on Father's Day, a teenager from Portage County drowned at West Branch State Park.

The youngest drowning victim, a 3-year-old in Columbia Township, died while swimming in a relative's pool.

The rash of drowning and near drowning events involved those young and old. The bottom line is to take your time and be safe, and don't go out alone!

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