A 5-year-old boy recently drowned at his grandmother’s house. The boy was visiting his grandmother. She started looking for him when she realized that he was no longer in the house. The grandmother called his mother. The mother arrived a short time later and discovered that the boy was floating in the pool.
The boy’s father pulled him out the water and started doing CPR. Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after and continued CPR. The boy was taken to the hospital, and he was pronounced dead. Randy Smith, who is the sheriff of Conington, recently a statement saying that it was an extremely sad and tragic event.
He sent out his condolences and prayers to the family of the child. He also stated that parents have to be extra cautious as the weather gets warmer. It is important to watch children closely when they are around water. Installing barriers and fences around the pool is one of the things that parents can do to keep their children safe.
Drowning is the third-leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the United States. It accounts for seven percent of the deaths in the world. Children and males are more likely to drown than any other groups. Children who are between the ages of 5 and 9 have the second-highest drowning rate. Eighty percent of drowning victims are males.
December 17th, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of a major swimming disaster in Australia. Approximately 50 years ago, then Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt was presumed to have drowned after going out for a swim on Cheviot Beach near Melbourne. No body was found, so it is presumed that he simply drowned while swimming.
People on the beach that day reported high tides and rip currents. The Australian Prime Minister decided to continue swimming despite the deteriorating conditions at sea. Those who were with him on the beach say they saw the water overtake him. After they lost sight of him they never saw him again.
Despite a frantic search effort, Harold Holt’s body has never been found. While he is officially presumed to have drowned while swimming, there are numerous other theories that exist. Some say he was kidnapped at sea by the Russians or Chinese.
Harold Holt was known to be a swimmer and had recently had shoulder surgery. His doctor even had warned him to rest and not do anything strenuous. It most plausible that the prime minister simply drowned rather than be kidnapped. The more extreme theories to Holt’s disappearance while swimming at sea include him being a spy who boarded a submarine to China or Russia that day.
Australian’s have commemorated the 50th anniversary of the sudden disappearance of their Prime Minister with a ceremony that included Holt’s family and the current prime minister. A swimming pool was also named after Harold Holt. Let’s just hope that nobody shares the same fate as he did in his pool.