WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- 22-year-old Morgan Lake of Dunkirk, Maryland was able to save herself from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay in a sinking car because she knew how to swim and didn't panic.
The DC Recreation department agrees with us that Morgan's fate presents an opportunity to ask how many of our citizens are able to swim well enough to save themselves.
Jesus Aguirre, Director of the DC Recreation department says many if not most inner city Blacks and Hispanic residents, old and young cannot swim. Its often a resource problem and traditionally not a high priority for them, he says.
At the Banneker pool on Georgia avenue in Northwest, WUSA9 found that while most of the young swimmers were crowded in the shallow end of the pool, the middle of the pool which is the deep end, was nearly empty.
At the Anacostia pool in Southeast there is no deep end in the pool. It only goes as low as 5 feet.
Aguirre says the Recreation Department offers year round swim classes. The cost is $10 dollars for eight sessions.