Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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A man and his son from Gladewater, Texas, went on a fishing trip in Prairie Creek in Gregg County on Saturday, June 22nd, and the man drowned after the two decided to take a swim.
According to Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson from Gregg County Pct. 1, 36-year-old Timothy Matthew Carson was fishing with his son near Prairie Creek Bridge on Texas 135 when the fatal drowning occurred. The father went under the water and never resurfaced.
It can always be expected that there will be more drowning fatalities than usual during summertime, but it is still always a shock for those who have lost loved ones to drowning accidents.
Among the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in the U.S, drowning ranks fifth. Approximately ten people die from unintentional drowning every day in the U.S. Of the ten, two are children 14 years of age or younger. Nearly 80% of the people who fatally drown are male. The following are some of the primary drowning risk factors:
- Failure to wear life jackets is a major risk factor. In 2010, 88% of the 672 boating deaths involved victims who were not wearing a life jacket.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages places swimmers and boaters at risk. Alcohol affects coordination, balance, and judgment; sun and heat exposure heightens alcohol’s influence.
- Deficient swimming skills can lead to drowning. Giving children formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning, particularly for children from age 1 to age 4.
- Lack of barriers around swimming pools puts small children at a greater risk of drowning. In fact, four-sided fencing around the pool reduces the risk of a child drowning by 83% as compared to a three-sided property line fence.
- Location has a lot to do with where certain demographics are prone to drown. Most small children drown in backyard swimming pools. The percentages of drownings in natural water settings increase with age.
- When children aren’t closely supervised, they are in a hazardous situation because drowning only takes a few seconds.
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