Days since the last Tucson-area child drowning: 326
● Drownings and near-drownings for kids under 5 in the Tucson area.
Near- Drownings drownings
1994 7 17
1995 2 15
1996 4 12
1997 2 13
1998 4 16
1999 1 16
2000 2 15
2001 2 7
2002 4 9
2003 5 9
2004 2 14
Source: Tucson Fire Department
● Accidental deaths in Arizona for children, 2000-2003
● Drowning: 140
● Gunshot wound: 15
Source: Arizona Child Fatality Review Program
Pools: more dangerous for children than guns
They're pulled from backyard pools and bathtubs each year, tiny limp bodies, blue and not breathing. A young life can vanish quickly under water. A survivor can endure a lifetime of disabilities....
Tragedies and close calls: Readers share experiences
The Pacific Ocean. A Missouri river. A Tucson backyard swimming pool. Any body of water can be deadly, which is something some local families know all too well. ...
Fences, vigilance are keys to pool safety
An average of three children under 5 have drowned in the Tucson area each year since 1994, and 13 have nearly drowned. Most of the incidents occurred in in-ground residential and community pools....
Pool safety: True or false quiz
1. You should swim with groups or with an adult around...
They stand guard
Kyle Ackerley ... Lifeguard for four years ... 19-year-old UA sophomore: "I see a lot of kids running and jumping into the pool and not looking where they're going and jumping on top of other kids..."
State champ, 11, has Olympic goal
Anna Schorr, 11 Anna Schorr followed her two older brothers into the pool when she was 6. Five years later, she's the state champion in three events and hopes to someday swim in the Olympics. Anna...
'Little fish' always loved the pool
When she was little, Emily D'Andrea used to spend hours jumping in and out of the baby pool. As she grew up, she'd spend entire days at the pool, swimming from open to close....
Learning from a close call
In the summer of 1934, when I was 8 years old, I visited Lake Odell ...
The pool is totally cool for this duo
Emily D'Andrea, 17 When she was little, Emily D'Andrea used to spend hours jumping in and out of the baby pool. As she grew up, she'd spend entire days at the pool, swimming from open to close....
Rules to swim by
No running or fooling around near a pool ... Pay attention to your younger siblings ... Never swim alone...
Here's where you can swim and learn CPR around Tucson
Swimming lessons: Summer swim lessons for youths (free with a $2 registration fee) and adults (per two-week session) are available through the city Parks and Recreation Department. Youth lessons...