Swimming is a way to escape the heat and have some fun during the summer months. However, now is also the time of year where accidental drowning is the leading cause of death among children between 1-and-4 years old.
Sangamon County coroner, Cinda Edwards, pronounced the drowning death of a 3-year-old boy from Whitehall, Illinois. He died at St. John’s Hospital on Monday around 7:30 p.m.
Death by drowning is common this time of year. In fact, from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2013, more than 200 children in the United States drowned. This is why the Springfield YMCA has roughly 70 trained lifeguards in hopes to prevent drowning from occurring.