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6/18/13-For the fourth straight year kids ages 3-12 took part in the effort to set a new Guinness World Record for largest swim lesson. The underlying message: drowning is the 2nd leading cause of accidental death for children under age 15. It's not yet known if the worldwide effort reached the goal of 24,873 participants needed to break the record, which was set during the same event last year. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

6/18/13-For the fourth straight year kids ages 3-12 took part in the effort to set a new Guinness World Record for largest swim lesson. The underlying message: drowning is the 2nd leading cause of accidental death for children under age 15. It’s not yet known if the worldwide effort reached the goal of 24,873 participants needed to break the record, which was set during the same event last year. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – More than 100 kids ages 3 through 12 gather at the Shaw Park pool in Clayton Tuesday morning to take part in a world record attempt.

It marked the fourth year that local swimmers have taken part in the effort to set a Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson.

Aquatic supervisor Jason Quinton told KMOX News the underlying message was children should learn how to swim.

“Drowning is classified as the second leading cause of accidental death from children ages 1 to 14,” Quinton says. “So, it’s really important to get your kids in here and learn how to swim.”

The numbers from Clayton will be combined with others from around the globe, so it is not yet known if the goal was reached of nearly 25,000 participants.

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