The rising number of drowning deaths is becoming a cause for concern. Last June, 57 people fell victim to drowning, indicating a worrisome trend.
Over the last day, Spain witnessed the unfortunate loss of eight lives, all of whom drowned in swimming pools and beaches. Among the victims were three young children. So far this year, the toll has reached 230 drowning fatalities, making it the third most common cause of death by external factors. The situation is becoming more alarming as July progresses, with an increase in cases.
As early as June, there were indications of a potentially grim summer in terms of drowning incidents. The previous month marked the highest number of drowning deaths in the past nine years, claiming the lives of 57 individuals in aquatic environments. Only in June 2017 did the numbers surpass this, with a total of 70 deaths.
Within the last 24 hours, the loss of eight lives due to drowning has heightened concerns over this issue. Tragically, three of these deaths occurred on Tuesday afternoon when two 60-year-old men and a 62-year-old woman drowned at the beach of dels Marenys in Tavernes de la Valldigna, Valencia. Despite the efforts of firefighters and Red Cross units, their lives could not be saved.
On the same day, another life was lost in a community pool in Santa Ponça, located in the municipality of Calvià, Mallorca. In a valiant attempt to rescue his three-year-old son, who had fallen into the water, a man jumped in but, sadly, lacked swimming skills and drowned. The child was rushed to the ICU but succumbed to the incident the following day.
Adding to the heartbreaking toll, a two-year-old baby was on vacation with her German and Russian family in a house in L’Ametlla de Mar, Tarragona. The family had a private pool, and in a moment of inattention, the little girl accidentally fell in and was found at the bottom of the water by her sister.
Similarly, a tragic incident unfolded on Wednesday morning when an eight-year-old child lost his life in another pool, this time in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona. Despite being admitted to the ICU overnight, the child’s life could not be saved, marking yet another heartbreaking loss.
There are some simple safety tips that you can follow to ensure that fun quality time at the pool or the beach doesn’t turn to tradegdy
- Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Children, inexperienced swimmers, and all boaters should wear approved life jackets.
- Take specific precautions for the water environment you are in, such as Fence pools and spas with adequate barriers, including four-sided fencing that separates the water from the house. At the beach, always swim in a lifeguarded area.
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Dont drink alcohol if you are minding children in water