Table 2

Characteristic of drowning events, 1999–2003 (n=93)

Total number (%)Ages 0–4 NAges 5–14 NAges 15–17 N
Body of water
Open water68 (73)132728
 Lake26 (28)11015
 River24 (26)5109
 Ocean/Sound7 (7)133
 Pond6 (7)420
 Creek3 (3)210
 Gravel pit or irrigation canal2 (2)011
Swimming pool14 (15)1130
Bathtub8 (9)521
Wading pool or hot tub3 (3)210
Place of drowning
Public park30 (32)21216
 City park9 (10)036
 State or county park21 (23)2910
Residential29 (31)2531
 Child's18 (19)1431
 Relatives7 (8)700
 Friends4 (4)400
Other (includes rivers, ocean, lakes)30 (32)41610
Missing4 (4)022
Pre-drowning activity
 Swimming25 (27)11113
 Playing near the water21 (23)1362
 Playing in the water14 (15)266
 Bathing/bathtub8 (9)521
 Boating7 (8)205
 Rafting or inner tubing4 (4)031
 Playing on Ice2 (2)020
 Unknown12 (13)831
Illicit drugs or alcohol9 (10)2 (caregivers)25
Supervision
 Unsupervised4 (4)4
 Supervised by teen or child16 (17)529
 With friends, siblings; ages unknown7 (8)043
 Unknown11 (12)029
  • Source: Washington State Department of Health child death review database.