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Drownings most frequent in July

TT/The Local · 10 Jul 2010, 15:18

Published: 10 Jul 2010 15:18 GMT+02:00

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July is the month with the most drownings, according to the Swedish Life Saving Society's (Svenska Livräddningssällskapet, SLS). Twenty-six people have died by drowning in 2010 compared with 35 in 2009, SLS' preliminary figures show. Over the past 10 years, 262 people have drowned in July.

On Tuesday, a seven-year boy drowned at a campsite outside Luleå in northern Sweden, while on Thursday, a four-year-old boy was found unconscious at an outdoor swimming area in central Umeå. His injuries as of Saturday afternoon were still life-threatening.

More children and young people may be victims of drowning before the summer is over. The warm sunshine and high temperatures mean a lot of people will visit bathing areas, increasing the risk of something going wrong.

"There are many people on the beach. It is easy to lose track of each other and lose sight of children," said Karin Brand, general secretary of SLS.

Of the drownings in June, four were children and adolescents and all of the incidents took place at swimming areas. The circumstances surrounding the accidents are unclear, but one can suspect that the lack of swimming ability and water habits contributed to the drownings. According to Brand, inadequate supervision was the main cause of the accidents.

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"Parents generally believe that children will call for help like adults do, but they do not. They drown silently," she said.

Adults are also at risk of accidents during the bathing season. On Friday, a man in his 80s died while swimming in Kappelshamnsviken in the northern part of the island of Gotland.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

00:01 July 11, 2010 by TheEye
Statistical connection found between more people drowning and time of year when more people go in the water.

Colour me amazed.
06:48 July 11, 2010 by waffen
Parents are failing in their obligations and responsiblities when four and seven year olds are drowning or having near drowning accidents.

Your eyes should never be taken off of your children the entire time that they are in the water. Any excuse to the contrary is unacceptable.

Yes, older teens and adults will drown.

That is the way that things are with some teens and swimming. Too many risks are taken, and the consequences are dire.

Fortunately, I never lost a friend from drowning, and I never knew of any teen in my area who did drown while swimming. A few adults who were aboard boats and with no life vests did drown when falling overboard.
00:03 July 12, 2010 by kenny8076
ya it sucks to hear kids drowning. blows my mind that parents dont feel the need to focus on their kids in a laker or ocean.
02:34 July 12, 2010 by alingsaskev
Bad stuff happens. Get over it!
11:12 July 21, 2010 by hfriend
Drowning doesn't look like drowning

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