//Fatal and Nonfatal Drowning Statistics

Fatal and Nonfatal Drowning Statistics

The Southern Nevada Health District Drowning Registry tracks the number of children in Clark County, ages 0-14 years old, who experience a submersion incident that results in the activation of the 911 system.

Please note: this registry does not capture all pediatric submersion incidents in Clark County. The purpose of this registry is to provide a real-time estimate of pediatric submersions and to gather additional information about the risk factors of pediatric submersion incidents. Fatal drownings are reported in the table below after being confirmed through a death certificate review.

Submersion is a term used globally to describe both fatal and nonfatal drownings. A nonfatal drowning is defined as resulting in no impairment, some impairment, or significant impairment. Studies conducted in Australia, Great Britain, the United States, and Thailand show that between 5% and 35% of hospitalized nonfatal drowning victims suffer severe, permanent neurologic disability.

2016 – 2019

Year2016201720182019
Total Number of Submersion Incidents Reported to Registry50645110
% among 0-4 Year Olds88%76%88%60%
Number of Submersions in Pools Only3953409
% in Public Pools28%43%40%44%
% in Residential Pools72%57%60%56%
Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-14 year olds91061
Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-4 year olds6851
This table was updated on May 31, 2019

2012 – 2015

Year2012201320142015
Total Number of Submersion Incidents Reported to Registry54413444
% among 0-4 Year Olds76%83%85%73%
Number of Submersions in Pools Only45352741
% in Public Pools31%40%26%34%
% in Residential Pools69%60%74%66%
Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-14 year olds7429
Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-4 year olds5318

2006 – 2011

Year200620072008200920102011
Total Number of Submersion Incidents Reported to Registry405654594137
% among 0-4 Year Olds80%80%80%95%73%89%
Number of Submersions in Pools Only315150503833
% in Public Pools39%27%34%26%34%31%
% in Residential Pools61%73%66%74%66%69%
Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-14 year olds710101085
Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-4 year olds51010974

2000 – 2005

Year200020012002200320042005
Total Number of Submersion Incidents Reported to Registry506756434049
% among 0-4 Year Olds82%78%88%81%78%84%
Number of Submersions in Pools Only426143372948
% in Public Pools57%38%44%32%41%33%
% in Residential Pools43%62%56%68%59%67%
Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-14 year olds6861046
Number of Fatal Drownings 0-4536736

1994 – 1999

Year199419951996199719981999
Total Number of Submersion Incidents594750535462
% among 0-4 Year Olds83%85%80%72%76%82%
Number of Submersions in Pools Only464043474754
% in Public Pools28%43%47%36%35%44%
% in Residential Pools72%57%53%64%65%56%
Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-14 year olds1461061410
Number of Fatal Drownings 0-411585119

Contact Information

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Updated on:  May 31, 2019

2019-05-31T14:40:42-07:00