|Drowning is a leading cause of injury death among kids of all
ages – second only to motor vehicle crashes. Cold water increases the chances
of drowning. Every year in Washington state, children die in our rivers,
lakes and salt water that are cold year-round. When someone who is not
wearing a life jacket is suddenly immersed in cold water, they can drown
quickly, even if they are a strong swimmer. The reason is “cold water shock.”
Read more at http://www.seattlechildrens.org/safety-wellness/newsletters/goodgrowing/.