Drowning happens more often than people realize. In fact, an average 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning, and two of those individuals are children 14 years old or under. It is the sixth leading cause of unintentional death for all ages and the second leading cause of death for children from one to 14 years old.
The facts and figures also point out another stark reality – that for every child that drowns, another four are taken to the ER for nonfatal drowning injuries. Over 50 percent of drowning victims tend to need time in the hospital or are slated for more urgent care. For victims who live after a brush with drowning, they may face long-term disabilities that include memory problems, brain damage, lung damage, learning disabilities, or a permanent vegetative state. About 80 percent of all deaths by drowning are males.
The risk of death by drowning shoots up when there is a lack of proper supervision, no adequate barriers, the location is attractive to children (neighbor’s pool) or a popular vacation spot (lakes, ocean). Other deaths are prompted by not wearing a life jacket, seizure disorders and drinking.