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Swedish rescue service to distracted parents: Watch your swimming kids, not your phones!

A clip from the viral video. Screen shot: Södra Älvsborgs Räddningstjänstförbund/Facebook

Published: 11.Jul.2018 19:01 hrs

The Rescue Service of Södra Älvsborg (SÄRF) in western Sweden is being both hailed and criticised on Facebook for a light-hearted campaign meant to draw attention to a serious problem.

According to the Swedish Life Saving Society (Svenska Livräddningssällskapet - SLS), five children drowned in Sweden during May and June, equalling the number of kids who drowned throughout all of last summer. Overall drownings are also up, with 62 drowning deaths throughout the first six months of the year compared to 55 in the same period last year. 
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