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The YMCA’s Fight Against Preventable Drownings

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

By Scott Brown

The idea of a child’s death is disturbing in itself, but the statistical reality of youth drownings in America is simply alarming.

According to national statistics, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for kids ages 1 to 14, claiming two to three young lives every day. The fact that 88 percent of child drownings occur under adult supervision and 60 percent of victims are within 10 feet of safety makes the numbers all the more sobering.

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