Two fatal drownings in 24 hours, experts say most are preventable
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Cierra Beal remembers the feeling 13 years after her little boy Austin silently went under water.
"It still haunts me every day," Beal said.
In just a few minutes, Austin nearly drowned when he was only a year and a half old. Beal said goodbye, taking him off life support, 10 years later.
After hearing about the fatal drowning of a 3-year-old in a neighbor's backyard this holiday, she posted on social media.
"My first things were I'm so sorry that they are going to be living a nightmare that they are never going to wake up from because it doesn't go away," she said.
No word yet how the boy got into the yard -- it had a block wall and was gated.
Authorities say this isn't the only drowning. A teen died after he slipped underwater at Lake Mojave on Tuesday.
Maria Moilanen certifies lifeguards and said drownings are almost always preventable.
"Coast Guard-approved life vests. So not the water wings where they might lose one wing and then they are going to drown," Moilanen said.
A-B-C-D'S of drowning:
- Adult supervision without distractions
- Barriers around a pool
- Classes to learn CPR and training
- Devices like life vests
- Moilanen said it's never too early
Children come out of a liquid environment so you get them right back into the liquid environment as soon as you can. Infants are learning to float, which can save their life.