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If Texas' major cities were ranked by the availability of public pools, Fort Worth would be dead last.

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Texas regularly leads the nation in drowning deaths, and this year is shaping up to be no different. At least 122 people have died from drowning in Texas this year, according to statistics kept by Swimming USA, and most of those deaths have happened since May 1.

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So far this year, more than 40 Texas kids have drowned, including three siblings recently pulled from an apartment complex pool in Irving.

One North Texas swim instructor is taking an approach that’s much different from the traditional “Mommy and Me” lessons.

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In this edition of Vital Signs, the rare occurrence of drowning after you’ve left the water. Dry drowning and wet or secondary drowning can be fatal if left unattended -- and the latter can go unnoticed for several hours before symptoms appear.

Dr. Glenn Hardesty, an emergency physician at Texas Health Arlington Hospital, explains.