Illinois is experiencing a spate of drownings.  There were 15 all of last year, yet in the last four weeks, there have been 10 just of children under age 17, according to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.  They’ve been in community pools, backyard kiddie pools, local ponds, and in bodies of water such as Lake Michigan and the Ohio River, where tricky currents play a role, says Dr. Elizabeth Powell in the emergency room at Lurie.
 
 
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Her advice: Wear a flotation device if you’re on a boat, and keep an eye on children. “Young children need to be supervised even around a very modest amount of water in a backyard pool,” she said. “They slip and fall and get their face under water. Seconds later they choke, begin to swallow water, begin to panic and perhaps cannot get themselves upright again.”
 

Recent drowings:
 
Date
Location
Body of water
Age of victim
April 7
Carbondale
Lake
20 & 21
May 2
Edwardsville
Pond
2
May 15
Bolingbrook
Pond
11
May 24
Chicago
Lake Michigan
15
May 26
Thompsonville
Lake
18
June 3
Skokie
Hotel pool
28
June 14
Glenview
City pool
4
June 15
Illinois City
Slough
5
June 19
Mundelein
Lake
44
June 28
Lansing
Residential pool
9
July 3
Golconda
Ohio River
42
July 3
Pekin
Illinois River
26
July 6
Aurora
Fox River
52
July 6
Joliet
Residential pool
1
July 6
Monmouth
Unspecified
3
July 8
Danville
Apt. bldg. pool
17
 
 
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