According to the American Red Cross:
About 3,500 Americans drown each year, averaging ten deaths per day. More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger. A Red Cross survey from 2009 revealed that almost half of those polled nearly drowned in their lifetime. One in four people know someone who has drowned.
Those are some sobering statistics about an activity so closely associated with family fun. How could ten people die every day by drowning? Anita Foster at the American Red Cross Dallas says one reason is many of us have the wrong idea about what to expect when drowning is occurring: [Read more...]