Long Beach Creates Swimming Safety PSA

PSA follows tragic drowning of 12-year-old student on class trip.

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011  |  Updated 10:51 AM EDT
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Long Beach Creates Swimming Safety PSA

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Nicole Suriel, 12, drowned during a class trip to an unguarded Long Island beach last June.

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A Long Island beach community has produced a nine-minute public service announcement warning children of the dangers of swimming in areas with no lifeguards.

The video follows the death last summer of a New York City girl who was killed during a class trip to Long Beach.

City manager Charles Theofan says educating children of the dangers of the ocean before they get to the beach could save lives.

The video, which features local children, lifeguards, parents and police, was directed by local Long Beach residents.

It notes that dangerous rip currents are often difficult to see, and offers advice on how to cope with them.

The video, financed by a $10,000 grant, was sent to schools on Long Island and in New York City last month.

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