Water Safety Education Leads to Indiana Drowning Death Reductions

DNR law enforcementThe Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division says drowning deaths are on the decline.

A bit of study has led experts to believe that the decrease is due to appropriate water safety techniques being used while recreationally using Indiana’s water resources.

According to a press release, the Hoosier state has reported a 30-percent decline in the past two years compared with the previous five years. In 2010, 50 drowning deaths were reported. In 2011, a total of 66 drownings were reported in Indiana.

Lately, those figures have seen a sharp revision downward as 2015 saw 43 water-related deaths with 37 reported so far in 2016.

Although temperatures are beginning to cool, DNR law enforcement say that figure likely won’t be final in 2016. Hunters especially are being asked to remain focused while traversing around water resources. Cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia and other conditions that can make escape from the water difficult.

To maintain safety, the DNR says wearing a life jacket, staying aware of weather patterns, and informing friends and family where you’ll be hunting or traveling is considered important.