Magen David Adom ambulance. .
(photo credit: MAGEN DAVID ADOM)
Fifty-seven people died of drowning at beaches, in private and public swimming pools and lakes and in reservoirs during the just-ended swimming season since May 9, Magen David Adom reported on Sunday. A total of 320 were pulled out of the water, but the rest were resuscitated.
MDA said the swimming season this year kept their medics and paramedics around the country very busy. Even though the season is officially over, the first-aid, ambulance and blood-supply organization said that even afterwards, people enter the water and drown when lifeguards are not around. Officials warned that small children can drown even in a few centimeters of water in the bathtub or a plastic wading pool.
Of those who drowned to death, 69% were male, and 15% were age 10 or younger. The riskiest age group for drowning is 11 to 20 years, followed by 21 to 30 ( (22%) and 31 to 40 (8%). The least likely ages to drown were 71 to 80.
Of the 41 of children up to age 10 who drowned and died or were resuscitated, the tragedy occurred in public pools for 21 of them; 15 in a private poll; and five in the sea or lake. The oldest person to drown (but who survived) was 91 -- at the Delilah Beach in Ashkelon. The youngest was a one-year-old infant who was rescued in with light injuries.