There are many pools and lakes in Utah where drownings take place. Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years.
A drowning can occur at anytime and at any place. However, many drownings occur in public swimming pools and water parks, and result from lack of required supervision and negligence.
Near-drownings have high case fatality rates. Fifteen percent of children admitted for near-drowning die in the hospital. As many as 20 percent of near-drowning survivors suffer severe and permanent neurological disability.
More than half of drownings among infants (under age 1) occur in bathtubs. Drownings in this age group also occur in toilets and buckets. More than half of drownings among children ages 1 to 4 are pool-related. Children ages 5 to 14 most often drown in open water sites.
In these types of environments, the law requires appropriate supervision from life guards or other types of safety professionals. When lifeguards or safety professionals are negligent or fail to do their jobs, and a person drowns, the facility may be held liable. Additionally, the owner of the pool or water facility may be held responsible as well for not ensuring the general safety of visitors.
The fear of something happening to our loved ones is not something that we want to keep us up at night but if this type of tragedy happens your not alone.