Fifty-seven people died of drowning at beaches, in private and public swimming pools and lakes and in reservoirs during the just-ended swimming season since May 9, Magen David Adom reported on Sunday. A total of 320 were pulled out of the water, but the rest were resuscitated.
MDA said the swimming season this year kept their medics and paramedics around the country very busy. Even though the season is officially over, the first-aid, ambulance and blood-supply organization said that even afterwards, people enter the water and drown when lifeguards are not around. Officials warned that small children can drown even in a few centimeters of water in the bathtub or a plastic wading pool.