Young boys more likely to die from drowning

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
They found more than 46,000 people died from drowning in the US between 1999 and 2010.

Drowning remains a leading cause of death for children under age five.

(NBC) - Young boys are more likely to die from drowning than in a car accident, according to a new study from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Researchers released the data just in time for summer.

They found more than 46,000 people died from drowning in the US between 1999 and 2010.

It remains a leading cause of death for children under age five.

Swimming pools were the most common places for drowning among young kids, while adults were more likely to drown in natural bodies of water. Children under age one and adults over age 85 were most likely to drown in a bathtub.

The researchers say alcohol contributed to many of the adult drowning deaths.

Formal swimming lessons have been proven to reduce the risk of drowning in young kids.


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