It’s summer, which means tons of pool parties and beach trips in New England. The girls have always been water babies despite the fact that neither can technically swim. Zoe, the oldest, has always been a bit more hesitant since getting her head dunked by an ocean wave as a toddler; she wears a swim vest for buoyancy. Little Lea, who is about to turn four, is fearless, and jumps head first with just some cheap dollar store floaties. This year has launched a new excited time for pool season because the girls are confident enough in the water for this momma to not even pack a swimsuit. Today we packed up for a pool party for one of Zoe’s friends and both girls were excited to jump right in while I kicked back poolside to catch up with some fellow school moms..
|My bathing beauties ready for a pool party|
After some swimming, Lea asked me to take off her floaties so she could go play on the adjoining playground while Zoe stayed in the water. I was chatting with some girlfriends in the blazing sun when my friend Jen yelled “Lea! Lea!” and dashed towards the pool with me close behind. Lea was bobbing in the water, sans floaties and Jen pulled her out. She didn’t cough, or sputter, but she was afraid, and so was was I. In the excitement of the day, she just jumped back in the water, forgetting that she had ever even taken off her floaties. The scariest part: I never even saw her go back into the water. If Jen hadn’t have seen her….I don’t even like to think about what would have happened mere minutes later. The CDC has some scary statistics about drownings:
- From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.