Staff Writer, Eissey Campus
What should you do when you are in a sinking vehicle? Some students around campus didn’t know where to start. And an even bigger issue, what to do once they escaped.
“I wouldn’t know what to do because I don’t know how to swim” stated Nyles Bennet from Eissey campus. And Bennet is not alone. According to the CDC “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.”
Anna Stewart, Program Manager for the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, acknowledged how common it really is.
“People think it can’t happen to them until it does. The biggest misconception is to call 911. You want to get out as soon as possible” said Stewart. “A tool called Rescue-me can be purchased at www.pbcgov.com/dpc to break the window and cut your seatbelt when trapped” recommended Stewart.
Medical Examiner reports from District 15 have shown that motor vehicle crashes in canals is the third leading cause of drowning death in Palm Beach County. Stewart now collects donations that go towards free swimming lessons, which she urges people to learn.
For tips on preventing drowning, you can go to http://www.pbcgov.com/drowningprevention/education.htm. This website also contains information on the free swimming lessons, as well as other preventions of submerged vehicles and drowning. A video has been posted for visual learners. The education on water-related incidents may very well benefit you, or a loved one, in the near future.