Increasing number of drownings are reported in lakes, rivers, backyard pools, and other inland water bodies in the U.S. this summer, amid factors such as strong heat waves earlier in the season and children missing swimming lessons during the summer. pandemic.
Almost three dozen drownings have been reported in the Great Lakes In the year alone through the July 4 holiday weekend, at least 34 compared to 25 in the same period in 2020, based on statistics compiled by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, a nonprofit safety organization.
And 2020 had already been a deadlier year in the lakes than 2019.
The increase related to the Pacific Northwest heat dome at record temperatures has already been guilty of an avalanche of water deaths in the interior of Washington state last month.
Meanwhile, three people drowned one weekend in June in sections of the Delaware River in Sullivan and Orange counties, New York. in the middle of reports by officials of more people in the water than last year as the pandemic subsides.
And in Minnesota there have been more drowning deaths in early July 2021 than in the first six months of the last nine years, according to preliminary data tracked and compiled by the Star Tribune newspaper and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Before July 4, there were 29 drownings in the state, and there were 18 drownings in June alone. And three people died in the Twin Cities area around Minneapolis and St Paul over the holiday weekend in separate drowning incidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. Second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 14..
Elsewhere, a 16-year-old drowned in a state park in Missouri while swimming on July 2 and an 18-year-old high school student died in a private pool in Oklahoma, among a myriad of examples across the country so far this summer.
And officials issued warnings after a series of drownings in southern Georgia.
Currently, children are at higher risk of drowning because fewer young people learned to swim during the extended periods of stay at home from the coronavirus pandemic when schools and public swimming pools were closed, experts say.
Ben Hoffman, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, lamented his lack of preparedness.
“It was really difficult for people to access swimming lessons last year,” Hoffman told ABC’s Good Morning America.
“And from what I understand this year, it is still a challenge, because things have been booked quite early.”
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released its annual report of drowning and immersion for 2021.
It found that pool or spa-related drowning incidents among children under the age of 15 have increased in the past five years.
CPSC Acting President Robert Adler added on the pandemic: “With fewer children attending swimming lessons in the past year, it is critical to update these and other children with life-saving skills, while practicing greater vigilance, both wherever children are swimming and also during non-swimming hours. “
After several recent drownings in Massachusetts, including the death of a one year old that fell into a family pool last month in the city of Wrentham, the state department of conservation and recreation has been offering free swimming lessons, from July to August 13 in the mornings from Monday to Friday for anyone over four years of age.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism