TORONTO (NEWS1130) – The temperature of the water you are swimming in could have a greater impact on the likelihood you will run into trouble.
Public perception has typically been that people are most likely to drown in dark and stormy weather.
But the University of Toronto study finds the risk actually increases in hot weather by 70 per cent as more people flock to beaches and pools.
Eighty-two per cent of the drowning victims in this study were male; most were adults. Children and teens age 17 and under made up 17 per cent of the drownings.
Alcohol use was also linked to about half of the deaths.