We are just barely seven months into 2012, and Quebec has announced the 41st death caused by drowning this year.
The 1-&-a-half-year-old toddler was found by her parents in their inground pool at approximately 2:45pm yesterday. They immediately dialed 911, but police officers who arrived on the scene were unable to detect any vital signs. She was pronounced dead two hours later at a nearby hospital after several attempts to revive the child.
Quebec’s education minister has decided to follow Ontario’s lead, and starting September, swimming lessons will become mandatory for elementary school students. Officials and parents alike are in hopes that by teaching them the basic survival skills to swimming until help can arrive, this will dramatically decrease the amount of deaths in children caused by drowning.