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Small children most vulnerable group for near drownings: Police

Police recommend all non-swimmers wear a life jacket
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Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages one to four.  A small child can disappear in seconds and can drown in only a few centimetres of water. Typically these drownings occur in backyard pools, toddler pools, the bathtub, or at the beach.

Small children are also the most vulnerable group for near drownings. For every death, there are an estimated four to five additional near-drowning incidents. Infants and toddlers drowned mainly in bathtubs and pools, whereas older children and youth drowned mainly in large bodies of water.

South Simcoe Police Service wants to remind our residents that active supervision is crucial to water safety. Whether it's a pool, the bathtub, a water park, or the beach, always watch children actively around water - even if they can swim. Consider requiring all non-swimmers to wear a life jacket.

We wish all of our young residents and their families a safe, happy summer.