According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in water or other liquid. In 2004, an estimated 388,000 people died from drowning, making drowning a major public health problem worldwide. To see world-wide statistics, go to the World Health Organization - drowning statistics.


In the United States, about 3,500 people die from drowning every year (nearly 10 per day). In addition, an estimated 16,000 drowning incidents result in hospitalization, with many victims suffering permanent disability. For drowning statistics in the United States, go to the CDC unintentional drowning fact sheet.


Drowning Prevention


Rescues — nonlifeguard
Rescues—professional lifeguard