Latest Drownings News

Paraglider drowns in ocean on North Carolina coast

Apr. 7, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — A paraglider has drowned after he crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast, officials said Tuesday. Police officers in Kill Devil Hills responded to a call just before 7 p.m. Tuesday regarding a report about a paragilder, a news release from the town said....

Ex-trooper gets final legal payment after Iowa man drowns

Apr. 2, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who was driving a boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell out and drowned has received the final payment of a legal settlement he reached with state officials. In February, Anthony Piercy accepted a $201,000 settlement of lawsuits he...

Teen drowns while swimming with friends in SC

Mar. 31, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RIDGEWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina high school student has died after a swimming trip, authorities said. Armando Cervantes Estrada, 18, died Tuesday at Prisma Health Richland, the Kershaw County Coroner's Office said. Estrada was with friends swimming out from Buck Hill Landing at Lake Wateree on...

Coroner: Man drowns after being washed into storm drain pipe

Mar. 29, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — A man drowned after he was washed into a storm drain pipe during heavy rains in western Pennsylvania, authorities said. The Westmoreland County coroner's office said 38-year-old Nathan Roth was trying to clear debris from the corrugated storm drain pipe at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday in...

Grand Rapids police identify body found in river

Mar. 26, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in western Michigan have identified a body that was found by an angler along a river. The victim's name has not been released, but relatives have been notified, Grand Rapids police said. An autopsy Thursday revealed the cause of death as a drowning. Investigators have...

Man dies after breaking through ice while trying to save dog

Mar. 26, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

TOWN OF WEYAUWEGA, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a man has died after he broke through the ice on a pond in Waupaca County while trying to rescue a dog. Dispatchers received a 911 call about a man in distress on a pond on private property in the Town of Weyauwega Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff's...

Fisherman drowns after boat capsizes in northeast Oklahoma

Mar. 26, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

COLLINSVILLE, Okla (AP) — Authorities say a Collinsville man drowned when the boat he was fishing from capsized on a private pond near Collinsville in northeastern Oklahoma. The body of Robert O'Donnell, 42, was recovered from the pond at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, more than three hours after he...

Authorities say fisherman drowned after falling from boat

Mar. 23, 2020 6:32 AM EDT

GUTTENBERG, Iowa (AP) — A man fishing on the Mississippi River fell from a boat in northeast Iowa and drowned, authorities said. The Iowa Natural Resources Department said two men in a 14-foot-long (4.3-meter-long) boat were in a restricted area near a low-head dam at Guttenberg on Saturday afternoon when...

This Friday, March 20, 2020 photo provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division shows a washed out bridge along Sanes Creek in southeastern Indiana where six people died after two vehicles were swept away by floodwaters following torrential rainfall in the region’s hill country. Indiana conservation officers recovered the body of the last of the six victims, a 13-year-old boy on Saturday. He was killed along with his two sisters, ages 7 and 4, and the siblings’ mother, when their vehicle was swept off a roadway late Thursday or early Friday after a bridge over the creek was partially washed out. (Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division via AP)

6 bodies recovered after water sweeps cars from Indiana road

Mar. 21, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

LAUREL, Ind. (AP) — The body of a 13-year-old boy was recovered Saturday in a southeastern Indiana creek, the last six people presumed to have drowned when two vehicles were swept off a roadway after torrential rainfall deluged the region’s hill country, authorities said. The boy’s body was...

In this Feb. 28, 2020 photo, a robotic detector, from Coral Detection Systems, that scans the pool for drowning activity but will not replace lifeguards, is displayed at The Easton-Phillipsburg branch of the Greater Valley YMCA in Allentown, Pa. The YMCA is piloting the artificial intelligence anti-drowning system named Coral Manta in its indoor swimming pool. The robotic detector, from Coral Detection Systems, scans the pool for drowning activity but will not replace lifeguards.  (April Gamiz/The Morning Call via AP)

Artificial intelligence system aimed at preventing drownings

Mar. 21, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — The device resembles a stingray, except it doesn’t patrol the water in search of prey. It’s perched at the edge of the water, and rather than threaten humans, it aims to save them. It’s much louder, too ― emitting a piercing, high-pitched alarm when it sees a...