After losing child to drowning, Lubbock family trains parents to

After losing child to drowning, Lubbock family trains parents to Lifeguard Your Child

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

One family's nightmare is now a lesson for others when on the water.

For Michael and Tori Welch, their daughter was everything.

"Her name was Shaelynn, we called her RaRa," Michael Welch said. "She was four and the spirit of life for us and one we just though would do wonders for the world."

Last Mothers Day the family was at a pool party when tragedy struck.

"My kids were in life jackets, she had a life jacket," Tori Welch said. "They're very good with their life jackets and I let my guard down. She got out of hers and I didn't know it and she slipped back into the water without me knowing that she did."

"My wife found her, pulled her out of the water and I actually gave her first aid and CPR and unfortunately we only had her 12 hours more and she passed away," Michael said.

Unfortunately the Welch's are not the only ones experiencing the pain of losing a child to drowning. 

Over the last five years, 414 kids have drowned in Texas. Three in Lubbock. 

To prevent that number from growing the family is now trying to educate parents on water safety and CPR, it is called Lifeguard Your Child.

"We're basically educating the adults and parent of children who are in or around water how to be safe, how to protect themselves, how to protect their children and what the best precautions are and in this event, Life Guard Your Child, it is what it says," Tori said. "We want parents to watch their child like a lifeguard would when they're in or around any kind of water."

This is the first Lifeguard Your Child event. The family hopes to expand it and make it an annual affair. 

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