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Drowning Statistics

  • Ten people die each day from unintentional drowning


  • On average 2/10 unintentional drownings are under the age of 14


  • Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages 1-4 than any other cause (except birth defects)


  • Among those 1-14, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death (behind motor vehicle crashes)


  • For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries

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