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HINTON (WVVA) -- The National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bluestone State Park and Safety on the Blue Committee presented their annual Safety on the Blue event Sunday afternoon.

Officials say the purpose of Safety on the Blue is not only for a free and fun time for families by Bluestone Lake in Summers County, but to teach people, starting at a young age, the importance of water safety.  They say many of the accidents, including drownings, are avoidable.

"All of those drowning issues are preventable by three things," says Richard Altard, a National Park Ranger.  "Wear a life jacket, never go down to the water by yourself...and learn a little bit about the body of water you're on."

Families enjoyed free boat rides, live music, giveaways and hands-on safety demonstrations. 

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