Buffalo City Swim Racers host water safety festival

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Many people are probably going to spend some time by the pool or beach this summer, but it’s important to remember to stay safe in the water.

On Saturday the Buffalo City Swim Racers hosted their first water safety festival.

The goal is to teach people how to be safe while having fun.

It included free swim lessons, an introduction to CPR, and a rescue demonstration by the Buffalo Fire Department.

The idea for the festival came from a tragic accident last summer.

Said Buffalo City Swim Racers Executive Director Mike Switalski, “There was a drowning in the Niagara River where a 17-year-old boy rescued his seven-year-old sister but he wasn’t able to save himself and from that this idea was born, and we wanted to see if we could make an impact in a different way.”

Former Team USA swimmer Sabir Muhammad also made a special guest appearance.

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