KETR Local
10:18 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Official offers insight into child drownings


– 78 children have drowned in Texas so far this year, yet too few people know just how drowning occurs.

Drowning is often a silent death for children

"They can fall into something as shallow as two inches of water and not be able to get themselves to the surface," says Anita Foster wit the Red Cross. "So just fall very quietly and that's why so often we'll find them at the bottom and nobody even knew that the child was in danger."

The Red Cross's Anita Foster says there's no splashing or shouting for help, so you must pay close attention to every child near water...including buckets and kiddy pools.

"So if you're even at a pool party in somebody's backyard pool, there is always somebody designated to watch that water while the kids are in it."

Last year, 113 children drowned in Texas.

This Saturday, funeral services will be held for Diamond Bronston, the nine-year-old Commerce girl who drowned over the weekend while swimming in the City Pool while the facility was closed.