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      What to look for if a person is drowning

      Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

      Drowning does not look like what many may think.

      "When people are struggling, their number one concern is to have air, so if they're having problems swimming, they're probably sinking. They're not going to be flailing. They're going to be under the water trying to breathe," said Christina Moffett, head lifeguard for Marquette.

      Vicki Slater and her five-year-old grandson, Tristan, love going to the beach, but studies show two children die everyday from unintentional drownings, and Slater said she is very cautious while on the beach.

      "I'm very vigilant about making sure that I've got my eye on him at all times because he is fast, so when we come over swimming, we try to stay in the areas where there's a lifeguard," said Slater, grandmother.

      During the summer, nine lifeguards patrol the three most populated beaches in Marquette, seven days a week, to help prevent unintentional drownings.

      Some of the common signs of drowning are a person's head tilted back with their mouth open, hair over the forehead or eyes, and eyes look glassy and empty.

      "The lifeguard stand is used for an elevation so that they can see over the entire beach," Moffett said.

      "I don't swim myself, but I feel much more reassured knowing that there's somebody that can swim well just in case he would go into the deep water," Slater said.