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Parents Warn of Electric Shock Drowning After Two More Alabama Lake Deaths

The parents of a teen who died last spring after being electrocuted in the water at her family’s Alabama lake home are warning others about the electric shock drowning after two more Alabama women lost their lives the same way on Friday, April 14. The two women, Shelly Darling, 34, and Elizabeth Whipple, 41, disappeared while sunbathing at Lake Tuscaloosa. Their bodies were found in the lake early the next day. Preliminary autopsies found both women likely died from electric shock, the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit told AL.com. Now the parents of 15-year-old Carmen Johnson, who died from an electric shock ... Read More

Children drowning deaths peak during July 4 week, CPSC warns

All children should learn how to swim. That was one of the messages conveyed by a public advisory the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued before the Fourth of July holiday week, when the number of summer drowning injuries and deaths peaks. According to CPSC officials, 26 children on average lose their life in pool and spa-related accidents each year in the United States during the week of July 4, when thousands of gatherings take place around private and public swimming pools. The CPSC relied on data compiled by USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of ... Read More

Drowning is subtle and unrecognizable to most, unlike movie depictions

“Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people that most people expect,” says former Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone in a story published by Slate. “There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.” In fact, Mr. Vittone’s report explains, children sometimes drown right before their parents’ eyes simply because drowning in real life doesn’t resemble the frantic, flailing act people have come to expect from watching dramatized versions on television and in movies. Drowning is actually very undramatic, “deceptively quiet,” and subtle, and it’s usually only ... Read More