Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
According to the most recent data (1987-2010) from the health.ny.gov, most drownings occur in regulated facilities in the summer months. Males are four times more likely to be drowning victims than females, and most drowning victims are between 11 and 25 years old.
Drowning victims are more often “swimmers” than “non-swimmers.” It would seem that non-swimmers would be more at risk, but they are exposed less frequently to the water, and thus their numbers are lower.
Most of the drownings occurred at lifeguarded facilities, probably because there are so many more swimmers at these locations. Lifeguard distraction, not recognizing a distressed swimmer and lifeguard positioning were factors in most of these deaths.
In the summer of 2011, for example, two physically fit men, both 21, drowned in a crowded Staten Island pool staffed by lifeguards, the New York Daily News reported. One of the men was a lifeguard himself. The two were practicing underwater breath-holding military training exercises and went into cardiac arrest. They were found in the bottom of the pool in a section that was not easily visible to the lifeguards.
Although the men received CPR at the pool and were taken to the hospital, both died.
The state of New York has more than 7,400 public swimming pools and 1,300 public bathing beaches, and millions of people visit them each year. If someone’s negligence or careless caused you to be injured or to lose a loved one in a swimming pool accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced New York personal injury law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., to discuss your legal rights.