Two drowing incidents occured yesterday in Riverside County. One fatality in Murrieta and one near miss in Temecula. Both were 2 year old children.
Injury-prevention officials remind parents that drowning is a quiet event and often is not preceded by splashing or screaming. Likewise, a child can drown in less than an inch of water, can lose consciousness in 30 seconds or less, and can have irreversible brain damage after four to six minutes.
According to statistics compiled by the agency, nine children — all younger than 6 — drowned in 2012 in Riverside County. Another 43 children were involved in near-drowning incidents. In 2011, five children died and 36 children were involved in near-drowning incidents.