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Lawmaker aims to lower children's drowning deaths

Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children ages five to 14? One state lawmaker from Charleston is working to bring those numbers down.

Rep. Wendell Gilliard says his plan is actually fairly simple. It started with a resolution passed in the House on Wednesday that designates May as Water Safety Month.

And now Gilliard wants lessons in schools. Earlier on Wednesday, he went to the state house to push a bill he proposed. It would require schools to teach kids how to swim.

The bill asks school districts to provide at least an hour of swim instruction for every student.

"I felt we had to do something as to offset the increase of drowning's in the state of South Carolina," Gilliard said. 

Gilliard says the motivation behind this proposal is personal. One of his friends lost a daughter to drowning.

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