Saturday, June 14, 2014

10 Disturbing Facts About Drowning

It is one of our most visceral fears; thrashing in the deep, far below the water’s surface, lungs burning for oxygen. Drowning claims hundreds of thousands of lives every year, a great many of whom are young children. Of course, exposure to water is a key factor in drownings, but there is a strong economic correlation as well. Those in poorer countries are far more likely to drown. In Bangladesh, 17,000 children drown annually—that’s 46 a day.

Here are 10 facts about drowning; from a lake that never surrenders its victims to a party for lifeguards that ended in deadly irony.

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