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Teen Surfer Sought Irma's Waves. It Cost Him His Life

Zander Venezia drowned in dangerous conditions in Barbados

(Newser) - A young professional surfer is dead after venturing into waves generated by Hurricane Irma. Zander Venezia, 16, was surfing on the east coast of Barbados on Tuesday when he ran into trouble with a closeout set—a wave that breaks all at once so that a surfer doesn't have... More »

Houston Cop Drowned After Wife Warned Him Not to Go to Work

Hurricane Harvey death tolls stands at at least 18

(Newser) - The death toll attributed to Hurricane Harvey now stands at at least 18 , and a Houston cop numbers among the dead. Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the department, drowned Sunday while attempting to drive to work in his patrol car, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed Tuesday. Perez's... More »

Man Drowns While Scattering Father's Ashes

Robert Louis fell out of a boat Sunday on Lake Superior

(Newser) - A family tragedy was compounded this week in Michigan when the body of a 59-year-old man was found Monday, a day after he fell out of a boat while scattering his father's ashes on Lake Superior. WLUC reports Robert Louis' father died two weeks ago after a battle with... More »

Mystery Death at Resort Has Family Seeking Answers

Abbey Conner's parents, brother don't think her January death in Mexico was an accident

(Newser) - Shortly after arriving at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in January, John and Ginny McGowan left their adult son and daughter at a pool with plans to meet them in the hotel lobby for dinner an hour and a half later. But Abbey Conner,... More »

ER Doctors Are Sick of Hearing the Term 'Dry Drowning'

They say media reports 'unduly alarm' parents

(Newser) - There have been many reports lately about so-called "dry drowning," "delayed drowning," or "secondary drowning," like when a boy in Texas died several days after swimming last month. But many experts, including emergency room doctors, the World Health Organization , the Red Cross, and the... More »

Boy, 10, Drowns After Being Sucked Into Drainpipe

Ben Callahan was playing with his brothers

(Newser) - Thousands of people in Connecticut packed an emotional ceremony to mourn a 10-year-old boy who drowned after getting sucked into a drainpipe, the New Haven Register reports. Ben Callahan was playing with his two brothers Friday when he slipped down an embankment, into a culvert, and was sucked into the... More »

Freak Lagoon Accident Electrocutes 11-Year-Old Girl

She died while swimming and playing on an inflatable raft

(Newser) - Life vest, check. Adult supervision, check. She should have been safe, but a freak accident in a New Jersey lagoon took the life of an 11-year-old girl over the weekend. Police say the girl was electrocuted while swimming and playing on an inflatable raft behind a friend’s home in... More »

'Dry Drowning' Claims Young Boy

He had played in shallow water days before his death

(Newser) - On June 3, after several days of symptoms his family thought were related to a stomach bug, 4-year-old Texas boy "Baby Frankie" Delgado awoke suddenly several hours after complaining that his shoulders hurt and said "ahhh," his father recalls. Then, as his father watched in horror, the... More »

After Toddler Drowns in Pool, Mom Charged With Murder

Georgia mom Bobbie Jessica Prather hit with felony murder charge

(Newser) - It's a summer-season nightmare no parent wants to envision: their young child drowning in a backyard swimming pool. Instead of drawing sympathy, however, one Georgia mom has instead been charged with felony murder after her 3-year-old was found unconscious on Memorial Day in a swimming pool and subsequently died... More »

Man Hits Hydrant With Car. He Was Dead Minutes Later

Witnesses say he was sucked into a hole under his car and drowned

(Newser) - A Florida man drowned when he crashed into a fire hydrant and was pulled into a hole under his car by the resulting flood of water, WESH reports. It was his 89th birthday. According to News 13 , Robert Dreyer hit the hydrant in Viera around 10am Wednesday. He got out... More »

Girl, 8, Describes Escape From Sinking Car as Family Drowned

Chloe Kabealo's mother, sister, and brother drowned after car went into river

(Newser) - Chloe Kabealo unbuckled her seatbelt after the car her mother was driving slid off a muddy Australia road into a flooded river and tried to "go up for air," then "just kept floating up out." That's how the 8-year-old survived the crash as the car... More »

Freak Wave Turns Family Vacation Into Nightmare

Father, toddler daughter drown after being pulled into water from beach

(Newser) - A family in England is in mourning after a vacation turned into a horrifying fight for life that both the father and a toddler daughter ultimately lost. The Bruynius family had traveled from London to a resort in Cornwall and were fishing on rocks on the beach on Aug. 19,... More »

College Crew Practice Turns Fatal in Chicago

Northwestern freshman drowns after falling overboard

(Newser) - A member of Northwestern University's crew team drowned after falling overboard during practice Monday morning in Chicago, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The body of 19-year-old Mohammad Ramzan wasn't found until Monday night. According to ABC 7 , there were eight other people in the boat when the freshman from... More »

Lawsuit: Autistic Boy Drowned as Lifeguard Used Computer

Mom seeks $100K from Chicago Board of Education

(Newser) - As a special education class splashed in a swimming pool at a high school in Chicago, the lifeguard who was supposed to be on duty was using a computer in a nearby office, according to a lawsuit. That's just one reason Yolanda Juarez believes her 14-year-old son drowned. In... More »

Woman Found Dead on Sandbar Was Trying to Help Lost Dog

Jackie Watts drowned in river

(Newser) - Jackie Watts loved animals—and that love may have led to the 33-year-old Indiana woman's death over the weekend. Watts was last seen Friday afternoon near Flat Rock River in Columbus, chasing a small white dog wearing a sweater—Ringo, a 10-year-old poodle with cataracts, who had gotten separated... More »

Mom Leaves for 6 Minutes, Twins Drown in Washer

The 3-year-olds, who fell into the machine head-first, became stuck

(Newser) - It's a parent's worst nightmare—leave your kids alone for a few minutes and suffer their loss for the rest of your life. Such is the tragic tale out of India, where a mother of twin 3-year-old boys says she stepped out of their Delhi home for six... More »

Suspect Who Let Partner Drown Nabbed 5 Years Later: Cops

'F--- you!' robbery suspect Juan Lahera allegedly yelled at accomplice in canal

(Newser) - More than five years ago, a man's body was found floating in a Florida canal, thousands of dollars crammed into his pockets. That man was 27-year-old Samuel Howell, a robbery suspect who, along with his partner, had allegedly ripped off the home of a Sunrise resident in July 2011,... More »

Beloved Soap Actor Drowns After Filming

Witnesses thought Brazilian was acting

(Newser) - Brazil is mourning beloved actor Domingos Montagner, whose death strongly resembles a plot twist from the soap opera he starred in. The BBC reports that the 54-year-old drowned after going for a swim in the Sao Francisco River with co-star Camila Pitanga following a day of filming in the area.... More »

5 Men Drown at UK Beach on Hottest Day of Year

'It's pretty scary'

(Newser) - Five people drowned at Camber Sands beach on the hottest day of the year in the UK, while the beach was packed, the BBC reports. Three men were pulled from the water Wednesday and two more were found dead on shore after the tide receded hours later. The five men,... More »

Cops: Son, 23, Drowns Own Mom in Backyard Pool

They fought over his medication: prosecutor

(Newser) - In what authorities describe as a "chilling" case, New York police say a 23-year-old put his mother in a headlock and drowned her in the family's pool on Long Island on Wednesday. Assistant DA Robert Biancavilla says 63-year-old Elizabeth Cullen initially argued with her son, Denis Cullen, in... More »

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