Table 6

Proportion (%) of submersion victims for which various characteristics were reported by Washington State newspapers. Data subdivided by age and according to whether the reporting was before (1993–95) or after (1996–98) a letter that urged newspapers to report more detail about submersions

Characteristics1993–951996–98p Value
*Comparisons regarding life vest use were limited to swimming and boating activities.
Age 0–19 years(n=137)(n=268)
    Swimming ability12240.005
    Life vest use*3411<0.001
    Alcohol use 347<0.001
Age 20–93 years(n=230)(n=350)
    Swimming ability 4110.001
    Life vest use*37300.1
    Alcohol use 8110.3