AUSTIN (KXAN) — As more people head to our lakes and rivers to cool off this summer, Travis County health officials want to remind everyone to be careful in the water since an average of 14 people drown every year in the county.
From 2007-2016, there were 140 deaths of Travis County residents due to unintentional drowning. According to the county stats, unintentional drowning deaths account for 3-4 percent of all unintentional injury deaths in Travis County each year.
Austin Public Health says out of the 140 deaths, 100 were males and 40 were female. Six of those were children under the age of 14.
The statistics show half of the drownings occurred in natural water such as creeks, lakes or rivers and only 25 percent were in swimming pools.
The city of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department offers swimming lessons for children and adults that cost $57.25.