Statistics released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and quoted by Jacque Wilson for a March 14 CNN article show that 10 US citizens perish daily by unintentional drowning and this is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in this country.
Twenty percent of the victims are under age 14 and 80 percent of all victims are male. Twenty percent of the deaths over the age of 15 occur outside of a pool and nearly 70 percent of all these accidents do involve alcohol.
According to Alison Osinski, the president of Aquatic Consulting Services, only 40 percent of the American public knows how to swim and very few, 2 percent to 7 percent, actually can swim well.
"People need to know how to swim well, they need to know how to swim safely and make good choices for where they swim," Connie Harvey, the aquatics manager for the American Red Cross told CNN.
Wilson's CNN article addresses concerns of water safety experts about the safety of teenagers and preteens subsequent to the death of 13-year-old Anthony Johnson due to an accident at Disney's Pop Century Resort pool on March 10. The boy passed two days later after relatives on the scene said the boy was only missing for a few minutes as he jumped in out of the pool with friends.
Water safety experts feel it is extremely important not only for parents to insure their children know how to swim, but to establish guidelines for young adults whenever they are around water. They should not be allowed to swim alone and should be under the watchful eye of a lifeguard whenever possible.
Parents should also prepare themselves by CPR training, become familiar with flotation devices and be aware of their child's surroundings at all times.
Osinski possesses video of teens drowning while their friends were wielding their smart phones. She is said there is one phrase she hears more any other in regards to the accident.
"I thought they were just fooling around," she said.
Although this case took place in Florida, Alaska is surrounded by water and is home to many rivers, lakes and streams. If despite taking great care around water, this unfortunate tragedy ever affects your loved ones, please do not hesitate to contact us at Power and Brown, LLC as your selection for an Alaska accident attorney as we are committed to nurturing the attorney-client relationship and are extremely sensitive to our clients needs at all junctures of the legal process.