Drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC reports that every day across the U.S., about 10 people die from drowning - two of those are children younger than 14.
In Texas, 56 children have lost their lives in a drowning accident so far this year, according to the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, which tracks fatal drownings involving children 17 and younger.
Friday’s drowning death involving a 16-year-old high school student from Marshall was the first report of a fatal drowning in Stephenville since May 2016, when a five-year-old died after falling into a neighbor’s swimming pool.
With summer now in full swing, there are precautions that can be taken to keep children and adults safe in the water.
The CDC offer additional tips for staying safe in the water:
1. PROPER SUPERVISION: Never allow children to swim without adult supervision.
2. GET SWIMMING LESSONS: Research shows that children who take formal swimming lessons are at a reduced risk of drowning.
3. LEARN CPR: Seconds matter in drowning emergencies and CPR performed by bystanders saves lives and improves outcomes for drowning victims.
4. LIFE JACKETS: Half of all boating accidents might be prevented with the use of life jackets, which can also be used in swimming pools. Remember that air-filled toys, “noodles” and “water wings” are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
5. AVOID ALCOHOL: Adults should avoid drinking alcohol while boating, swimming and especially when supervising children.