With 320 miles of coastline, 65 major rivers, and 100 major lakes, North Carolina ranks high (14th from 1977-79) among the states in deaths by drowning. Examining the circumstances could lead to better prevention.
173 people have drowned in Charlotte-area lakes, rivers, ponds, and pools since 2005. Six times between 2005 and 2015, Mecklenburg County led the state in annual drowning deaths. Most drowning deaths are of men and boys and most are preventable. Knowing risks and prevention measures may save lives in the future.
Swimming vigil along shorelines with strong rip currents are the Outer Banks Rescue Guards. Noted are the standards that have to be fulfilled to become part of this lifesaving crew. Included are statistics attesting to the benefits of lifesavers and conditions making their job a necessity along North Carolina’s seashore.