Water Safety

April 2, 2021
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In the wake of a high-profile investigation into what police call an accidental drowning, a look at why you should be extra careful in the water at this time of year.

“There are a lot of currents on the lake that appear typically in the afternoon. We believe it was mid-afternoon when she disappeared, the idea being that the boat started drifting, it was unanchored and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself.”

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub on recovering the body of Naya Rivera, who police believe died last week in an accidental drowning on a California lake.


July: the deadliest month for drowning

  • Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental deaths in children ages 1 to 4.
  • For all ages, drowning is the #5 cause of accidental deaths.
  • Men & boys are more likely to drown; 80% of deaths are male.
  • Alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of drowning deaths.

Water-Associated Disease Outbreaks

Most common during July

  • CDC Study: From 2000 to 2014, there were 140 water-associated outbreaks linked to fresh / marine waters (lakes, rivers, oceans). 60% started in July.
  • Outbreaks caused nearly 5,000 illnesses & 2 fatalities.

Especially as we seek social distance activities outdoors due to COVID-19: P.A.U.S.E. BEFORE YOU DIP YOUR TOES IN: Pay attention to signs and caution warnings. Avoid night swimming. Use life jackets or flotation devices when possible. Swim with at least one other adult. Enjoy alcoholic beverages sparingly.

More on what we know so far about Naya Rivera’s death: CLICK HERE

by Jenna Lee,