In fact, more children 1-4 years die from drowning than any other cause of death except birth defects.
Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killerExternal
Globally, more than 40 people die by drowning every hour of every day. Drowning is one of the top 10 leading causes of death for children in every region of the world. This global WHO report aims to bring more attention and action to this highly preventable worldwide public health challenge.
CDC Research Article: Disparities in Drowning among Children and Young Adults
African American children 5–19 years are 5.5 times more likely to drown in a swimming pool than their white peers; differences in swimming skill might explain this disparity.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. [cited 2011 Apr 6]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars