It’s the leading cause of death and injury for ages younger than 5, and the second-leading for those under age 15, according to the National Safety Council and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — drowning and near-drowning.
From 2005 to 2014, about one in five of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings were children, according to the CDC.
But there are safeguards people can take to help avoid catastrophe during their summer pool time, as well as people, who can assist.
For Corrie Allison, ordinary pool time at a Long Beach hotel on May 21 turned into a life-and-death situation.
Allison, who’d been staying at a Long Beach Airport area hotel while her husband, an Army Reservist, was training, said she’d wanted to just check out and leave. But she caved to her three children begging her for pool time. It turned out to be a life-saving decision.
“We’d been there (indoor pool) about 45 minutes,” Allison said of her three children and herself at the hotel, which features an indoor and outdoor pool. “There was a woman on her phone with a 7-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl (she learned their ages later). She was keeping in close radius of her daughter, but the boy had full range of the pool. He was out playing around.
“We were getting ready to leave and I moved toward our stuff, when the mom started screaming for her son. She was still out of the water.”
Allison told her daughter, who was on her shoulder, to let her retrieve him.
“I picked him up out of the water and he had water coming out of his eyes and…
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