July 11, 2011
With summer and warmer weather in full swing, people are hitting the water at area lakes and rivers to beat the heat. Unfortunately, thousands of drowning deaths each year result while people enjoy the great outdoors.
NBC News-Connecticut reported that the latest drowning tragedy victim was a 23-year-old man who was pulled from Lake McDonough near Barkhamsted, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon. According to witnesses, the man had taken a rowboat and left the area that was under lifeguard supervision. He man was swimming with friends when he apparently began having trouble and slipped beneath the surface. Local firefighters, lifeguards, and volunteers quickly organized a search party. Rescuers near West Beach located the man drifting just beneath the surface of the water, unresponsive, and it was determined that the victim had been underwater for roughly 45 minutes. State police reported that the man was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 55 drowning and 63 near-drowning incidents have been reported in 29 states in the last five months. The data has been compiled in conjunction with the kick-off of their Simple Steps Saves Lives pool safety campaign.
The Connecticut Wrongful Death Attorneys with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers remind you to swim in a safe and designated area when enjoying the water, and always swim with the full supervision of another person, preferably a lifeguard. These simple steps could save your life.