Drowning by Accident
Why So Many People Drown
by Elizabeth Meinhard
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Pub Date 28 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 2 Jun 2022
Drowning By Accident explains why it is so easy to drown, where accidents happen, and how to save lives by early rescue and resuscitation.
More than 600 people die by drowning in Britain every year. Swimming is promoted as a particularly safe form of exercise, so that swimmers forget or ignore the dangers of frigid lakes, swollen rivers, incoming tides or outgoing rip currents. Drowning accidents take place because we don't recognise water as a hostile environment. We overestimate the strength and endurance of our bodies and underestimate the power and deceptiveness of water.
Year after year, victims lose their lives in typical drowning accidents, often sinking so quickly and silently that nearby family, friends and onlookers fail to notice the tragedy taking place close beside them. Babies drown in baths. Toddlers drown in garden ponds. School children fall off rafts. Teenagers strike too far from the shore. Pensioners wade into rivers to save their dogs.
Victims often die within minutes of sinking beneath the surface. A quarter of those who reach hospital alive will also die, while others survive with severe permanent brain damage. This means that it is vitally important for parents, grandparents, teachers, lifeguards and lawmakers to recognise the risks and prevent drowning accidents before they take place.
A Note From the Publisher
Dr E. A. Meinhard is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. When her family moved to Oxfordshire, she took over a rural general practice and worked as a family doctor for twenty years.
Drowning By Accident deals with the dangers of drowning and how to save lives.
It is primarily written for the parents and carers of young children and teenagers.
It shows how to recognise the dangers of drowning and prevent accidents before they happen.