Who is likely to drown, when, and where?
The World Health Organization estimates that there are 388,000 drowning deaths worldwide each year. In the Unites States, the latest yearly stastistics from the CDC reported almost 4,000 people had died from drowning. Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States. For children, it is the second leading cause of accidental death in school-age children, and the number one cause of death in preschoolers.
More than half of drowning deaths occur in swimming pools. One-quarter to one-third of drowning victims have had swimming lessons.
Children less than one year of age usually drown in bathtubs because they are not coordinated or strong enough to lift themselves out of the water.
Children aged 1-4 most often drown in swimming pools. As children age, the percentage that drown in natural water such as rivers, lakes, ponds, and oceans begins to increase. For those older than age 15, 65% of drownings occur in natural water. Alcohol is a factor in up to half of adolescent and adult drowning deaths.
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