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Coeur d'Alene won't have lifeguards at City Beach this summer, and they're not alone

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

According to  the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho has  the second highest drowning rate in the nation for kids age 1 to 5 years old.  The majority of those drownings happen in June, July, and August. Now, Coeur d'Alene parents have another reason to be attentive at the lake. Signs at Coeur d'Alene's City Beach explain there are no life guards this summer on Coeur d'Alene beaches. 

The City of Coeur d'Alene says despite paying between $9 an hour to $12 an hour, they simply didn't get enough applicants for life guards. They say they don't think it will make the water dangerous for beach-goers, but add it will mean parents will have to be extra diligent. 

The city says make sure you small children are wearing life vests, and that they stay within the protected waters. 

Mother Kimberly Couey has been coming to City Beach for the last 15 years. 

"We love it out here," she said. 

She's used to there being lifeguards on the beach. 

"I like knowing there's an extra set of eyes on my kids," she explained, adding it only takes a few seconds for a child to wander into the water. 

Couey says without lifeguards She's being extra attentive today. 

"It's up to the parents to be watching," she said. "Water is dangerous, but also fun." 

Coeur d'Alene isn't alone - there's a lifeguard shortage around the country this summer. Filling seasonal lifeguard positions can be difficult because the job requires prior training.

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