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Experts Warn Drowning is a Leading Cause of Death for Kids

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Recent studies show that the second leading cause of death for kids between the ages of one and 14 is drowning. And most of those happen within 25 feet of an adult.

Summer is almost here now and more people are cooling off with a dip in the pool. However, it's estimated that nearly 40% of Americans don't know how to swim. According to the CDC, more than one in five drowning victims are children.

The CDC also said that most kids who do drown were only out of sight for about five minutes and were being watched by one or both parents. Swim safety expert Ryanne Gerry said keeping a watchful eye is the only way to ensure your child's safety.

"Drowning is a silent activity. It's a silent death so the thing to remember is you never know it's going to happen and it's quick and it's fast. It can happen in seconds. It can happen in the bathtub, the hottub, pool, rivers, lakes, any place," Gerry said.

In Washington, an average of 25 children and teens drown each year. Swim lessons are the best weapon against the tragedy and parents should always keep a close eye on kids in the water.