According to a recent report from Slate, “In 10% of drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying.” That’s a relatively high percentage of what should be preventable. In fact, every year, an estimated 236,000 people drown.
Drowning is the second leading cause of “unintentional injury death for children ages 5-14,” according to data from the CDC, and data from 2021 prove that summer months (June, July, and August) are the deadliest for drownings.
Why is it the case? Because the victim’s body is focused on breathing and can’t always call out or wave for help. Many who are drowning can’t stop drowning or move toward a rescuer.