Despite snowfall at a Detroit Tigers game this week, we are entering a time of year when the weather gets warmer and days get longer, especially in South Carolina. As the weather turns hot, more and more people will be hitting the beach and swimming in local lakes and neighborhood swimming pools. While this can be a lot of fun for the whole family, swimming can result in tragic drowning, and it is important to familiarize yourself with drowning risks and what to do in case of an emergency.
According to a recent article from The Island Packet, a man drowned in Lake Marion. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) authorities are investigating the recent fatal drowning accident, which occurred in Santee State Park.
Authorities say the 62-year-old victim was in the process of launching his boat when he tried to jump from the dock to his boat, and he fell into the lake. His wife was already in the boat and tried to throw out some tie down lines, but her husband could not manage to grab them in time and drowned.
South Carolina DNR was notified of the accident around 11 a.m. and dispatched first responders to assist victim. By the time they arrived, it was too late. Just before 1 p.m., DNR divers were able to recover victim’s body and transported it to the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office. A spokesperson for the agency said his official cause of death was determined to be asphyxia from drowning. It is also believed he was unable to jump onto the boat, because it had already started drifting away from the shore and had moved some distance before he tried to get aboard.
DNR officials are continuing to investigate this tragic death, along with several others, as there has been a higher than normal number of drowning deaths in Lake Marion in recent years.
Our Spartanburg personal injury lawyers express our condolences to the victim’s family and urge others to take adequate precautions as they engage in swimming and boating activities this Spring and Summer to minimize the number of serious accidents.
While there is often not much that can be done to save a person who drowns in a situation similar to this one, there are many victims who come out of the water alive and suffer serious brain injury or death because no one realized they were in acute distress as result of being underwater too long. It should also be noted that people can drown in very shallow water as long as it is enough to cover a person’s airways. There have been cases where people drowned in two inches of water. For this reason, it is especially important to watch young children, even if they are only playing in a very shallow water.
When someone gets out of the water and drowns later, this is referred to as secondary drowning. Even after a victim appears to cough up all the water in his or her lungs, the tissue of the lungs may still be saturated with water. This makes it difficult for a victim’s lungs to regulate the flow of oxygen, and this in turn can have toxic effects on blood/oxygen regulation, which can result in death. If you or your loved one is rescued from drowning, it is essential to seek prompt medical attention, even if everything seems okay.
Contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
Pinopolis Man drowns in Lake Marion, April 17, 2015, Island Packet
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