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On average, ten people drown every day in the U.S. Two of them are 14 or younger.
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-14.
The fatal drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is almost three times that of white children in the same age range.
For every child who drowns, five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries, which can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.
Participation in swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning among children ages 1-4 years by 88 percent.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention