More than 500,000 people around the world die each year from drowning, according to the World Health Organization. That does not include people who die in floods or boating accidents, the agency says.
With the start of summer, more families will be at beaches, lakes and pools.
Drowning is a leading cause of death worldwide for boys ages 5 to 14, and in the United States it is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children 1 to 4. Among the risk factors aside from age and gender are alcohol use, low income, poor education, risky behavior and lack of supervision, according to a report in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.