Pittsburgh-area YMCA camps shut down swimming

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has shut down swimming programs at more than 20 summer camps until it has inspected each of them following the near drowning of a 6-year-old last month.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/130Kdi8 ) reports the child was enrolled at a YMCA camp at Carson Middle School in Pittsburgh.

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare investigated and determined the camp’s counselors weren’t assigned to supervise specific children, which is what welfare spokeswoman Anne Bale says led to the near drowning.

Pittsburgh region YMCA senior vice president Steve Davis says camps are being audited for compliance and counselors who couldn’t quickly or correctly identify the children they were supervising have been fired.

The YMCA suspended swimming Tuesday. Inspections are expected to be finished within days.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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