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Mom Drowns in Lake Erie Trying to Save 2 Girls

The girls, including her daughter, are OK

(Newser) - A Buffalo mom tried to save her 11-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old friend after they ran into trouble in the rough waves of Lake Erie, but she ended up drowning herself, WIVB reports. Evans police received a distress call from Wendt Beach just before 7pm yesterday, reports the Buffalo News ... More »

Man in Lake Felt Something Brush His Foot, Is Now Hero

That 'something' was a 3-year-old

(Newser) - Angelo Mondragon is officially a father of three. In his heart, he's a father of four. The 32-year-old Colorado man was in waist-deep water while swimming at Windsor Lake north of Denver on Sunday afternoon when he felt something brush against his feet, reports CBS Denver . It wasn't... More »

5-Year-Old Dies in Alaska Sewage Lagoon

Daphne Mochin and 2 friends apparently climbed under fence to access lagoon

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl playing with her friends died after falling into an Alaskan sewage lagoon, reports Alaska Dispatch News . Daphne Mochin and two friends were hanging out Monday evening when they were seen riding their bikes in the direction of a school playground in the village of Manokotak, KDLG reports.... More »

Cops: Man Found Dead in Demi's Pool Was Employee

'I am in absolute shock,' says the actress

(Newser) - The 21-year-old man found dead in Demi Moore's pool has been identified as Edenilson Steven Valle of Los Angeles, who was believed to be "a staff member," a police officer says. Authorities were called to Moore's Beverly Hills home yesterday around 5:20am after Valle was... More »

Champion Synchronized Swimmers Try to Do Routine Drunk

Swedish team shows dangers of swimming while intoxicated

(Newser) - What happens what you throw Stockholm's three-time world champion men's synchronized swimming team into a pool after feeding members shots? A whole lot of splashing and not much swimming, apparently. The experiment—yes, experiment—was part of a "Don't Drink and Dive" water safety campaign from... More »

21st Birthday Swim Ends in Tragedy

Police say man was trying to make it across pond with rock

(Newser) - It was supposed to have been a birthday feat, but it turned into tragedy instead. Authorities near Oroville, Calif., say a man celebrating his 21st birthday drowned while trying to swim across a pond in a wildlife area with a 10-pound rock, reports the San Jose Mercury News . Friends were... More »

Twin Toddlers Drown After Mom Swats at Bee

Stroller with 18-month-old boys plunged into canal after Alexis Keslar let go

(Newser) - That nearly universal instinct to swat at an insect buzzing by us led to a tragic outcome for an Arizona mom on Friday. Alexis Keslar was taking a stroll along a canal in Yuma with her 18-month-old twins, Eli and Silas, when a bee ventured into her path. Police say... More »

Man Trying to Save His Dog Falls Through Ice, Drowns

NYC's Garvin Brown did all he could to rescue his pup in late-night tragedy

(Newser) - Police say a 34-year-old New York City man drowned while trying to save his dog from a pond. The Ontario County Sheriff's Office tells local media that Garvin Brown of Brooklyn and his fiancee were renting a home in the Finger Lakes town of Naples, 40 miles southeast of... More »

Someone Drowns Every 90 Seconds

WHO report says 'neglected public health issue' causes 372K deaths a year

(Newser) - It's one of the top 10 killers of kids and young adults, but a new WHO report says that drowning remains a "neglected public health issue" that's still happening with alarming frequency around the world, Scientific American reports. The study points out some startling statistics: More than... More »

Remains From 1970s Found in Sunken Cars

Oklahoma officials say all 6 died by accidental drowning

(Newser) - Oklahoma police have solved a decades-old cold case with the help of sonar equipment and a little luck, WMAZ-TV reports. During a sonar training exercise last year, highway troopers found bodies in two deeply corroded cars submerged in a western Oklahoma lake—and now medical officials say the remains belong... More »

'Prayer Baby' Drowns in Church's Baptism Tank

His mother prayed for years for a son, but he didn't reach his 2nd birthday

(Newser) - A mother in Decatur, Ala., says her prayers were answered when, after years of trying, she had a baby boy nearly two years ago. But tragedy struck when Brayden King was left in the care of his teen sister at church on Friday: She lost track of him for a... More »

3 Generations Drown in Lake Accident

Bodies of boy and his mother, uncle, grandmother found in tragedy

(Newser) - Searchers in an Oregon lake recovered four bodies in what seems to have been a tragic accident: Three generations of the same family apparently drowned. People fishing in Henry Hagg Lake, located in a Washington County park that, police say, draws up to 10,000 people per day, first noticed... More »

Teen's Version of Ice Bucket Challenge Gets Him Killed

Cameron Lancaster decided to jump into a quarry as part of challenge

(Newser) - Cameron Lancaster, 18, apparently wanted to complete the ice bucket challenge in a different way—by jumping into water at a quarry. But the stunt got the Scottish teen killed Saturday, the Guardian reports. He jumped feet first off an 80-foot cliff into what the Telegraph calls "shallow water"... More »

'Utter Tragedy': Swimmer Survives, Lifeguard Dies

Ben Carlson, 32, is first Newport Beach lifeguard to die in line of duty

(Newser) - A veteran California lifeguard who spent nearly half his life saving swimmers in Newport Beach died yesterday during a rescue attempt. Ben Carlson, 32, who KTLA reports had been a local lifeguard for 15 years, dove into tumultuous 10-foot waves around 5pm to help a man in distress. Carlson reached... More »

Toddler Almost Drowns ... Hours After Swimming

Secondary drowning can happen up to 24 hours after exiting pool

(Newser) - Hours after leaving a hotel pool in Kansas City, Mo., last weekend, 2-year-old Aliycea Sanders began to choke in her sleep, and her parents just happened to be nearby to notice water coming out of her nose and mouth. Because her mom had just seen a news segment on "... More »

Dam Dumps Deadly 'Wall of Water' on Students

Dozens missing after hydropower station releases rush of water without warning

(Newser) - Rescuers in rafts and boats were searching a Himalayan river today for dozens of Indian students swept away when a dam released a rush of water without warning, and police said four bodies had been found. The 25 students from the southern city of Hyderabad had been taking photographs last... More »

Mom Calls 911 About Drowning Kids, Then Realizes They're Hers

Toddlers escaped from caretaker's apartment

(Newser) - A Florida mom made a frantic 911 call last week to report two kids drowning in the pool of the apartment complex where she works—only to realize, after help arrived, that they were her 2-year-old twins. Now the little girl has died; her brother remains in critical condition, the... More »

Kid, 4, Dies After Being Found in Cruise Ship Pool

6-year-old airlifted to NC hospital, but 4-year-old pronounced dead

(Newser) - A 4-year-old child died after being pulled unresponsive from a swimming pool on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the coast of North Carolina yesterday, cruise line and Coast Guard officials said. Crew members were able to revive a 6-year-old boy also found in the pool. He was airlifted to... More »

2 Dead After Man Drops Phone in Icy Chicago River

A third person is in critical condition after desperate plunge

(Newser) - One person is dead, one is missing, and one is in critical condition after a man dropped his cell phone in the Chicago River—and went lunging in after it, the Chicago Tribune reports. The phone's owner, a 26-year-old man, was found dead in the icy waters this morning,... More »

Father, Son Drown in Dangerous Cave Dive

They were testing out new equipment given as a Christmas gift

(Newser) - A father and son are dead after attempting an advanced Florida cave dive using the brand new equipment the teen had received as a Christmas present, Fox News reports. Darrin Spivey and his son, Dillon Sanchez, 15, were last seen alive while suiting up for a dive down to Eagle... More »

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