More than 400 drowning incidents recorded in Great Lakes since 2010
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:55:51 GMT —
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) announced their current drowning statistics, revealing that there have been 403 drowning incidents since 2010.
In 2015 alone, the GLSRP has tracked 19 Great Lakes drowning incidents.
â??This is a tragic milestone that should sever as a wake-up call to beach-goers and water sports enthusiasts,â?? said Bob Pratt GLSRP executive director. â??With all the water in the Great Lakes region we should have a comprehensive water safety program in all of our schools.â??
Since June of 2011, the GLSRP has performed over 145 Great Lakes Water Safety presentations in 7 of the 8 Great Lakes states despite very little funding.
The GLSRP says this year the World Health Organization issued a report that states that drowning remains a "neglected public health issue" that's still happening with alarming frequency around the world and according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) drowning is a leading cause of accidental death.
â??Although drownings in the Great Lakes have been decreasing the last several years, we could possibly expect to see a spike in drownings between now and the end of the summer,â?? said Dave Benjamin, GLSRP executive director. â??Itâ??s been a wet and cool spring and summer so far, but now the air and water temps are in full summer swing. People may push their limits before the end of the summer vacation swimming and boating season.â??