Rhinelander YMCA to Offer Free Swimming Lessons

Jun 23, 2015

The lakes and rivers of the Northwoods can pose danger to children who don’t know how to swim. The Rhinelander YMCA is seeking to rectify that. Thanks to a Swim Access Grant from the National YMCA, the Rhinelander Y will be offering free swimming lessons to children who quality. Acquatics Director Melissa Nieman says the goal is to reach "kids that are on free and reduced lunch, our YMCA scholarship program as well, those are that we’re really looking for, ages 5 to 18 years old with no or limited swim ability.”  Up to 75 scholarships are available.

A woman and child have been hospitalized after nearly drowning in Star Lake in Vilas County Tuesday. 

Shortly before one o’clock Tuesday, the Vilas County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting two adult women were trying to rescue three children swimming in Star Lake. 

The women apparently rescued two of the children without incident, but when rescuing the third child, one of the women went under the water, along with the child.  A family friend arrived on a boat to pull them out of the water. 

A man has drowned in Langlade County.