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Broward County Tallies Four Drownings in Five Days

Water mishaps aren't anything new for our special sweat-year-round corner of the country, but it's not every week four people die in the course of five days.

The latest victim is 7-year-old Damien Tubbs, who died Sunday in an Oakland Park pool after it appears he wandered into the deep end and sank, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Tubbs' father performed CPR before emergency personnel took the boy to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The first death in the recent string was 40-year-old Mario Perez, who fell in a canal in...

... North Lauderdale last Wednesday. A friend nearby couldn't save him because the friend didn't know how to swim, according to police.

A Pompano Beach Jet Skier also discovered a body yesterday that turned out to be 37-year-old Cleudson DaSilva, who disappeared while swimming with a friend last Thursday. The other victim is 45-year-old Monica Rapport, who police said was found floating in her Pompano Beach pool by a neighbor Saturday.

If you're interested in teaching your child how to swim, the YMCA of Broward County is offering free evening lessons from March 12 to 16 in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Hollywood, and Lauderdale Lakes. Check out its website for more.

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