HQMC (MR), MCB QUANTICO, VA – Since 2010, 10 Marines have drowned in off duty recreation incidents. Alcohol was a contributing factor in two of the 10 deaths. Drowning’s are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the United States and is considered to be a silent killer. Do not assume you will hear a child who is in trouble in the water. Education and knowledge are the best defenses in protecting against this hazard.
This summer, the Marine Corps Community Services aquatics programs will focus on Drowning Prevention education. Throughout the summer of 2013, Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) will be aired around the installation and displayed on web and social media sites addressing water safety. The Water Safety PSA’s will help increase awareness and aid in the development of the skills necessary to enjoy the water safely.
Please take a few minutes to view the announcements, share them with unit leaders and your Marines, and speak with your children about water safety. Drowning Prevention/Water Safety must be an area of focus to help safeguard our Marines and their family members.
For more information about drowning prevention contact your installation MCCS aquatics program manager or health care provider. You can also view the PSA by going to www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF1051DE0285A124C.