Every year thousands of children drown in
backyard pools, spas, bathtubs and even at the beach.
Mutlu also cautioned the public on a television program on Saturday, saying that the currents are dangerous for even experienced swimmers and warning that beachgoers can drown in
water only five meters deep unless a lifeguard is present.
The majority of children who drown in
swimming pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight for less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning.
While the drowning rate peaks during summer, it's a serious year-round problem, especially for children ages four and younger who drown in
bathtubs, buckets, toilets and other containers.
Victims who drown in
lakes will sink to the bottom in the area below the point of submergence; authorities usually will locate the body within a radius equal to the depth of the water.
Roger Vincent, from the Birmingham-based Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said 250 people drown in
Britain each year.
About 350 children under 5-years-old drown in
pools each year nationwide, and over half of these incidents occur in June, July, and August.
A report released earlier this summer showed that among childhood drowning deaths, infants are most likely to drown in
the bathtub and adolescents are most likely to drown in
freshwater sources such as rivers, lakes or ponds.
If we all attained the American--or to be fair the European--standard of living the world would not only run out of resources but would drown in
its own pollution and/or melt in its own exhaust heat.
The researchers suggest that people who nearly drown in
very salty water be checked for salt absorption and treated if necessary with diuretics, stomach washes or dialysis.
Each year, approximately 6,000 people drown in
the United States.
Though an average of about 280 children younger than 5 years old drown in
swimming pools each year, an average of about 150 additional children also drown at home in bathtubs, hot tubs and spas, buckets, toilets, trash cans, landscape or fish ponds and decorative fountains.
Researchers from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau found that infants are most likely to drown in
the bathtub while older children and adolescents are most likely to drown in
such fresh water sources as rivers, lakes or ponds.
A child younger than four years old can drown in
as little as two inches of water, which can be found in a variety of places around the home including buckets, toilets, bath tubs and swimming pools.
Noting that nearly 500 children drown in
backyard swimming pools each year, and drowning is the number one cause of death among children under five, PoolSafetyNetwork.