Thursday, September 5, 2013

Recent Drowning Statistics, Apparent Drop

The Centers for Disease Control recently released drowning statistics for 1999-2010 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The current data follows the same trend historically seen: the most vulnerable population for drowning are children under 4 years of age, the drowning rate for males is higher than females, and drowning continues to remain one of the leading causes of death in children. The statistics of drowning are always heavy and sobering. There is a positive angle to these statistics, however. The CDC reported from 1989-1998 there were an average of 4,811 victims of fatal drownings per year. The average number of drowning deaths per year from 1999-2000 was 4,147.

The drop in number of fatal drownings appears significant. These statistics provide optimism that efforts to bring awareness and training in aquatics safety are valuable and effective. There is still work to be done, because any fatal drowning is one too many, but progress is being made.

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