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Free swimming lessons canceled

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A study showed that swimming pools are 10 times more likely to kill a young child than a gun. 

Two children drowned in the City of Memphis this summer, and the community wants to do something about it. 

Saturday, at Gaisman Pool off Macon Road, underground radio station WRUE planned to give a free swim lesson to anyone who showed up.

"We decided to volunteer. We got lifeguard volunteers, staff volunteers; all of us know how to swim," Nathaniel Stewart of WRUE Radio said. 

Unfortunately, the lessons did not proceed as planned. 

WRUE employees were turned away and not allowed to host the lessons. 

"They want everybody to have a card. You got to have a card for liability purposes," Stewart said. 

A swim card is what you get when you register to swim at Memphis City Pools. 

Organizers at the radio station thought they had clearance, but were not allowed into the pool. Neither were the two dozen or so children who showed up to learn.

"I thought it might be fun for them to teach me how to swim," 11-year-old Phinlya McNeil said. 

Afterward, the station handed out information about swim lessons around the city. 

Yet, they wish they could've done more for the community and especially for the kids. 

"We were just going to teach basic flotation skills, hold your breath technique, and let them have fun," Stewart said. "It's turned into something else and that's only why we were here." 

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