Drowning Statistics

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Drowning Statistics

  • 69 percent of the drowning incidents occurred while one or both parents were responsible for supervision
  • 10 percent were adults other than the parents
  • 14 percent were sitters
  • 7 percent siblings
  • 65 percent of the drowning incidents were in a pool owned by the child’s family
  • 22 percent at a relatives
  • 11 percent happened at a neighbor’s
  • 77 percent of the children had been seen 5 minutes or less before being missed and subsequently discovered in the pool

Where were they last seen?

WERE LAST SEEN IN THE HOUSE prior to being found in the pool. Of these, 15 percent were thought to be sleeping.

  • 23 percent were last seen in the yard, porch or patio, not in the pool area. That’s a total of 69 percent that were thought not to be in the pool area.
  • 31 percent were last seen in the pool or pool area
  • 39 percent of the people responsible for supervising the child were doing chores
  • 18 percent socializing
  • 9 percent were busy on the telephone

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