US drowning deaths have increased, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Signs study revealed that more than 4,500 people drowned each year from 2020 to 2022, which is 500 more per year compared to 2019.

Angelica Toruno and Nicole Alarcon Soares

May 15, 2024, 8:52 PM

Updated 7 days ago

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Drowning deaths are on the rise in the United States, following decades of decline, according to a new CDC report.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Signs study revealed that more than 4,500 people drowned each year from 2020 to 2022, which is 500 more per year compared to 2019.
Officials say drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old in the U.S.
Sarah Battistini, the water safety coordinator from the Connecticut State Parks, says children who take swimming lessons are 80% less likely to drown than children who don't.
"Know your ability, swim with a buddy, parents, parents, please watch your children," said Battistini.
CDC reported that almost 40 million adults in the nation do not know how to swim – and over half have never taken swimming lessons.
Hispanic people have taken the least number of swimming lessons at 28%, and white people have taken the most amount at 52%.
"Swim where there are lifeguards – lifeguards are a layer of protection, it's our job to watch for actions and behaviors of people who are getting in trouble and to help them out if they need it,” said Battistini.
The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has rolled out free swimming lesson programs in partnership with local organizations. Click here for more information.


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