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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 »

Debunking the Myth of the 'Oklahoma Octopus'

Freshwater octopus would need physiological changes, river navigation

(Newser) - Thanks to unexplained drowning deaths in Oklahoma lakes over the past few years, a strange theory has begun spreading its tentacles. According to some, what's to blame is... a killer freshwater octopus. It's true the octopus is an adaptive wonder, capable of living just about anywhere in the... More »

NY Man Drowns Trying to Break Dive Record

Nicholas Mevoli was one of 56 divers in Bahamas contest

(Newser) - Detectives in the Bahamas are investigating the drowning of a 32-year-old man from New York who was participating in a free diving tournament, police said yesterday. Event organizer William Trubridge identified the man as Nicholas Mevoli of Brooklyn. Trubridge said Mevoli was trying to break a record for the deepest... More »

Zoo's Rare Tiger Drowns 3 Weeks After Birth

London zookeepers think mom might have carried it out of den

(Newser) - London zookeepers are using the word "distraught," and understandably so: The city's zoo has lost the first Sumatran tiger born there in 17 years; the three-week-old cub apparently drowned on Saturday morning. Keepers realized something was amiss after failing to locate the newborn using the cameras trained... More »

6-Year-Old Drowns on Carnival Cruise

Was in the pool with his older brother

(Newser) - More tough news for Carnival : A 6-year-old boy has drowned in one of the cruise line's pools while at sea. The company says in a statement that the Carnival Victory ship was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise yesterday when the boy drowned. He was at... More »

Dozens of Asylum Seekers Drown off Indonesia

And many more still missing after boat headed to Australia sinks

(Newser) - At least 31 people have drowned after a boat carrying asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia capsized on Friday, and dozens more are still missing, the ABC reports. The asylum seekers were from Lebanon, Pakistan, and Iraq, and were headed to Australia's Christmas Island when the boat was hit... More »

School Calls Dad, Wondering Why Dead Son Is Absent

New York City father is outraged

(Newser) - The father of a New York City boy who died on a field trip in June got a reminder of his loss when the school called—to ask why the boy wasn’t in class. Jean Fritz Pierre, 16, drowned while on a class trip to a state park, and... More »

Sole Child Survivor of '85 Philly Bombing Dies in Hot Tub

Michael Ward found on cruise ship, apparently drowned

(Newser) - Michael Moses Ward, one of two survivors of the 1985 bombing of the militant group MOVE in a Philadelphia neighborhood and the only child to make it out alive, has died at 41. Ward died aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean, say Florida medical examiners. His body was found... More »

Man Dies Under Mudslide in Colorado Floods

3 still missing

(Newser) - A man's body has been found buried under mud and several feet of debris following a flash flood in Manitou Springs, Colo., last night. An inch and a half of rain fell in the area between 5:30pm and 6pm, causing boulders and mud to flow through the same... More »

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