A drowning accident has taken the life of a five-year-old boy in Texas City. The incident occurred on Saturday at the Veranda Apartments at 3700 9th Avenue North. The boy’s mother said that he had wandered away for about five minutes when she decided to call authorities. According to ABC 13, officers arrived at the scene at approximately 3 p.m. and found the child face down in the pool. First responders performed CPR before having the child taken by Life Flight to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The boy died shortly after arriving in Galveston. An investigation into the incident is currently underway.
Drowning is a Problem in Houston
Drowning has claimed the lives of 19 people in the Houston area this year and, throughout the state, drowning is a problem. In June we reported that Texas has more drowning accidents than anywhere else in the nation. At the time, the state already had at least 40 reported instances of drowning, 8 of which were children in Harris County. The issue also presented itself in North Texas over the Fourth of July weekend. During this period, four people lost their lives from drowning accidents in North Texas.
Why Do Drowning Accidents Happen in Texas?
Most experts place the blame for drowning accidents on basic safety practices. When children drown, it does not occur as portrayed in films. Drowning does not usually consist of flailing arms and screams for help. Instead, it is a silent process that can take just seconds to turn from dangerous to deadly.
While distraction plays a role in drowning accidents, they often occur because those in charge of pools fail to provide the security measures needed to keep children out of them. A pool should have constant adult supervision during use and should have adequate barricades to keep children out while no adult supervision is present.
Apartment drownings are particularly frustrating as they can be a sign that a property’s management or staff failed to secure a pool properly. Since it is reasonable to assume that children will be present at apartment complexes, property owners must be vigilant with pool safety standards. When they fail to do so, children and their family pay the steepest costs.