'Dry drowning' determined in deaths of two swimmers
The Grand Traverse County Medical Examiner has ruled the deaths of two drowning victims as a dry drowning. Both incidents happened this past weekend.
7&4 News is told both victims drowned due to throat spasms caused by cold water below 68 degrees.
â??With dry drownings this happens within four minutes and so the time is fairly short between the time you can't get oxygen into the lungs and... to your brain,â?? said Medical Examiner Dr. Matthew Houghton, Jr. D.O.
When it comes to dry drownings, Dr. Houghton says many people don't even know they're in danger.
â??It's a matter of swallowing cold water or cold water getting into your mouth or in contact with the larynx, the voice box.â??
Cold water is common all summer long in bodies of water across Northern Michigan.
â??Always swim with someone around who you know who's going to watch you and you're going to watch him or her as the case may be.â??