Drowning Statistics

  • 69 percent of the drowning incidents occurred while one or both parents were responsible for supervision.
  • 10 percent were adults other than the parents.
  • 14 percent were sitters.
  • 7 percent siblings.
  • 65 percent of the drowning incidents were in a pool owned by the child’s family.
  • 22 percent at a relatives.
  • 11 percent happened at a neighbor’s.
  • 77 percent of the children had been seen 5 minutes or less before being missed and subsequently discovered in the pool.

Where were they last seen?

  • 46 percent WERE LAST SEEN IN THE HOUSE prior to being found in the pool. Of these, 15 percent were thought to be sleeping.
  • 23 percent were last seen in the yard, porch or patio, not in the pool area. That’s a total of 69 percent that were thought not to be in the pool area.
  • 31 percent were last seen in the pool or pool area.
  • 39 percent of the people responsible for supervising the child were doing chores.
  • 18 percent socializing.
  • 9 percent were busy on the telephone.