National drowning ‘disgrace'

DROWNING prevention, awareness and support group Hannah's Foundation says it's a national disgrace that so many children are drowning in dams, public waterways and pools.

The advocacy group says that with immersions involving children on the increase the messages of water safety and drowning prevention are not being heard or are being ignored.

“Supervision and barriers save lives; we hear it from coroners all the time, yet others seem to think that their swimming ability and the reliance of CPR will save them. The truth is it won't and it doesn't because with adequate supervision and compliant barriers in place the drowning would have been prevented,” Hannah's Foundation chief executive Andrew Plint said.

“Twenty seconds is all it takes to drown, and many survivors live with the effects of their immersion with some form of brain injury, and in toddlers the effects are not identified until much later when the children start school.”

For details, visit www.hannahsfoundation.org.



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