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Injury prevention experts warn of water dangers

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LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - Experts at the Injury Prevention Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center say the buddy system isn't just for little kids at summer camp.

With torrential downpours causing flooding earlier this week, streams and rivers may be hazardous to canoeists, kayakers, fishermen and swimmers, even with safety equipment and life vests. Experts say some hazards, such as boulders or trees that are normally easily seen may be below the water surface.

They note that many New Hampshire drownings occur in non-traditional swimming areas with no lifeguards present, and they recommend that everyone adopt the buddy system when near the water this week.

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