Teen's drowning prompts Brick police to invite community to learn about water safety

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Police in Brick are holding a water safety clinic in response to the drowning of a teenager earlier in the month.

The Brick Township High School student was with friends at a party along Toronto Drive on June 8. Several teenagers were swimming in the lagoon and noticed one person didn't resurface.

"I have kids who are that age and its overwhelming to really think too much about something like this," said Sgt. Jim Kelly of the Brick Police Department. "It hurts. It hurts the community."

Now, Ocean Rescue and EMTs will be teaching water safety, CPR and first aid for free at Tilton Fitness to 50 people.

Brick has the most waterfront property out of any township in the state. Police patrol 500 roads along some kind of body of water.

The clinic runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.

Those interested can sign up through the Brick Recreation Department.

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