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Drowning deaths rising in the U.S. But in Phoenix, the numbers are down slightly

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drowning deaths are on the rise across the U.S., following decades of decline. 

More than 4,500 people nationwide died from drowning between 2020 and 2022, that’s up compared to 2019.

Not surprising the group that saw the highest increases in drowning deaths were children between ages 1 and 4.

Adults 65 and older were also at high risk, as well African Americans of all ages.

The CDC recommends making swimming lessons more accessible.

Interestingly, drowning deaths in Phoenix were down slightly last year compared to previous years. Most of those drowning incidents and deaths occurred in pools or bathtubs. 

Senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.