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According to the CDC website, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death for children one to fourteen years of age. It is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages.

  • One in five children who die from drowning is 14 and younger.
  • For every child who drowns, another five (5) received emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
  • Fatal drowning rates of African-American children are significantly higher than white children in the same age range. Possible contributing factors could include:
    • Limited access to a swimming pool
    • Lack of desire to learn how to swim
    • Choice of water-related activities
  • The following breakdown from the CDC shows for different age ranges where drowning deaths ranked for all unintentional injuries in 2010. For example, for children 10 to 14 years of age, drowning was the second leading cause of unintentional injury death.
Drowning ranked by age
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