THE BRONX - Elected officials are teaming up with a local nonprofit to promote water safety in the wake of recent drownings around the city. 

The Swim Strong Foundation is urging swimmers to take precautions that could save their lives whether swimming in a pool or open body of water. They include swimming near a lifeguard at all times and never swimming alone. 

Parents are also urged to supervise their children and to never rely on flotation devices alone. 

Two 13-year-old cousins are among those who drowned this summer. The boys died after being pulled from the Bronx River last month.