Gasping for air: the staggering statistics of drowning

Arthur E. Benjamin
1 min readMay 4, 2021


Did you know that drowning is a leading cause of accidental death worldwide? In fact, it ranks at number 3. Founder of Action to End Drowning, Arthur Benjamin, shares eye-opening statistics of this startlingly silent killer…

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Fast facts about drowning

First and foremost, drowning is a fast and silent killer. In the vast majority of drowning-related fatalities, no one even notices that a drowning death is impending. Taking as little as 20 to 60 seconds, a drowning attack comes without warning or signal — and fast!

Startling drowning statistics

  • Roughly 320,000 people die annually from drowning, worldwide
  • Males are at higher risk of drowning than females, by more than 50%
  • In the United States, an estimated average of 10 fatal drowning occur each day
  • Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury death, on a global scale

Action to End Drowning is a nonprofit organization dedicated to minimizing the drowning deaths in America. The nonprofit’s approach is education-centric and device-focused. Their most recent project is working to provide public swimming pools with life saving devices that notify nearby individuals when someone is at risk of drowning.



Arthur E. Benjamin

Arthur Benjamin Palm Beach Philanthropist & Entrepreneur, recently launched nonprofit: Action to End Drowning.