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Josh Project worries pool closing could lead to drownings

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The leaders of a local organization dedicated to teaching kids to swim fear the decision to close Toledo City pools could be a deadly one.

Tankeeya Butts lost her brother Josh in a drowning accident. Since that time, she and her mother Wanda Butts have made it their mission to teach youngsters to swim.

Tankeeya says, "There's a 1 in 18 million chance of a child drowning in a guarded pool. So if they are swimming in places that are not guarded there is a greater chance that they can drown. If the pools are closed they are going to find a place to swim...most likely it will be unsupervised."

More than 1300 children have learned to swim thanks to the Josh Project. Leaders of the group say summer is a great opportunity for kids to brush up on their skills and that the mayor should reconsider the decision to close the pool.

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